About This Event
BOEC and the Heroic Families San Juan River Trip extends a special welcome to military veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, or other debilitating injury, in the service of their country and their family members. The program is designed to accommodate veterans who have sustained a moderate to significant injury which has resulted in the veteran being unable to continue in active service, but willing and able to engage in adventurous and adaptive outdoor activity. Participants must be non-violent and enjoy other people. Behaviors such as verbal outbursts, perseveration, or other forms of communication are welcomed. Children as young as 10 years old are welcome.
A classic western river trip format will be utilized. Floating down river in rafts will provide access to a true wilderness environment while providing the ability to serve veterans who have mobility restrictions. An educational component will also be included by providing exposure to the prehistoric culture of the four-corners region.
The trip will be conducted on the San Juan River in southeast Utah through beautiful desert canyon country and offers mild to moderate white water that is suitable for vets with significant injury and families with kids. Sandy beaches & camps, ancient rock art, and beautiful scenery will be highlights of the trip.
BOEC believes that veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury and other debilitating injuries are a vastly under-served segment of our returning veterans. The trip will be designed primarily as a fun family experience with activities focused on all attending. The outcomes of the trip will flow from the activities and experience such as; increased family bonding and integration, fun and relaxation, new knowledge and skills and increased understanding of being a family while living with severe injury.