Blinded Veterans Participate in Adaptive Skiing

(Alexandria, VA) - Blinded Veterans Association’s (BVA) Operation Peer Support (OPS) program has partnered with Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS) in Colorado to assist BVA’s members in participating in adaptive skiing.  Eight members of the BVA will join three sighted guides traversing the mountain beginning January 23, 2019 and concluding January 27, 2019.  The participants and guides will be Raquel Welch, Lawrence Harrison, Brian Harris, Lonnie Bedwell, Adrian Mohammed, Eric Marts, Daniel Wallace, Carlos Pere, Darlene Pirtle, Amanda Mohammed, and Nicholas Marts.

Operation Peer Support, created in 2006 by the Blinded Veterans Association, enables vision impaired and blinded veterans to increase their coping skills and overcome depression and isolation, while increasing their physical activity, self-sufficiency and hope.  STARS mission is to empower and enrich lives through adaptive recreational sports. They were established in 2007 by a group of parents, ski instructors, and management from Steamboat Ski Corporation to help provide improved winter recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.

“We agree that recreation can positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities,” said Joe Bogart, Executive Director, Blinded Veterans Association.  “Programs like the STARS program help individuals with disabilities to discover the outdoors, learn new skills to overcome health challenges, as well as develop stronger interpersonal skills.”

For more information contact Danielle Petty at 202-371-8880


The BVA is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization promoting the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world.  BVA has more than 50 Regional Groups representing 7,500 members.