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Vail Veterans Foundation, Inc.

Serving military injured and their families since 2004

aka Vail Veterans Program   |   Vail, CO   |  http://vailveteransprogram.org

Mission

Vail Veterans Program provides military injured and their families with innovative and transformational programs that build confidence and improve lives.

Ruling year info

2007

Founder

Cheryl Jensen

Executive Director

Jennifer Brown

Main address

PO Box 6473

Vail, CO 81658 USA

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EIN

20-5254885

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A severe combat injury has a profound, life changing effect on both Veterans and their families. The recovery process is truly lifelong. When participants arrive in Vail, barriers are all they have encountered since their injury. They no longer have the independence and confidence they once considered the center of their identity. Many families measure their time in the hospital, or at home, in months or years, drastically decreasing socialization with others. Family members also often sacrifice their own needs to focus on the wounded Veterans recovery. It is typical for the whole family to experience stress, as they discover their new normal.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Summer Family Program

At the Summer Family Program, wounded Veterans and their family members benefit from four days of therapeutic recreational activities in the healing environment of the Rocky Mountains. A Family Wellness Day offers yoga, meditation, skill-building workshops, and mountaintop exploration. Through the Summer Family Program, participants heal together, reconnect with family, build lifelong friendships, and learn healthy coping mechanisms that long outlast the duration of the program.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

Golf is more than just a sport for many wounded service members. Golf enhances rehabilitation by providing a unique opportunity for camaraderie and allows Veterans to build a lifelong skill set that includes concentration, emotional stability, balance, and coordination. The Golf in the Rockies program provides wounded Veterans with five days of an unforgettable golf experience. Participants play several championship golf courses and attend golf clinics provided by PGA teaching professionals. The program encourages participants to build relationships with others over a shared passion. Participants depart Vail with improved golf skills and a newly developed community of support.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Enduring the recovery process after a severe injury has a profound effect not only on the Veteran, but also on their family. Often, the whole family experiences stress, as they discover their new normal. Recognizing this challenge, the Winter Family Program provides an opportunity for the family to reconnect in a setting outside of the clinical environment. Wounded Veterans and family members benefit from four full days of ski and snowboard lessons with Professional Ski & Snowboard Instructors of America. Activities allow for time and attention to be spent on each person, giving the family unit a respite from their day-to-day responsibilities. Families depart Vail feeling reinvigorated and inspired, with new skill sets learned together that may be carried on well into the future.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

During the Winter Mountain Adventure, wounded Veterans enjoy four days of private adaptive ski and snowboard lessons with certified Professional Ski & Snowboard Instructors of America. Through this intensive time on the mountain, Veterans successfully learn new athletic skills and gain confidence. When participants reach the top of the mountain, it is symbolic of their ability to accomplish anything, despite a severe injury. Program activities are carefully constructed to strengthen relationships, while building mentorship opportunities. Wounded Veterans and their guests are able to connect with peers at a similar stage in the recovery process, as well as those who have already surmounted similar challenges. Through the Winter Mountain Adventure, participants create lasting memories and build a tight-knit, lifelong community of vital encouragement and mutual support.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Military service injuries often require the assistance of a full-time caregiver. Due to the time and energy required to provide 24-hour care for a loved one, the caregiver commonly departs their career and abandons their personal goals. The Military Caregiver Retreat is offered annually, providing Military Caregivers with an opportunity to take part in professionally guided wellness courses, nutrition & empowerment trainings, yoga, meditation, and therapeutic outdoor adventures. Participants confront their deepest challenges and re-engage with their personal goals and desires. Their time in Vail promotes relaxation, rejuvenation, and connection to peers facing similar challenges.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

This three-day training program focuses on performance psychology, exercise physiology, and nutrition. Participants learn how to expand their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy in order to sustain increased engagement, performance, and resiliency. The training program assists wounded Veterans in acknowledging their “old” story, while helping them to identify their “new” story for future success outside of the military.

Resiliency Training is a follow-up course to Veterans Path to Success, hosted in Vail, CO and led by Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute coaches. This training allows participants to approach stress management in an innovative and proactive way. Instead of avoiding stressful situations, participants learn how to strategically manage stress and plan for adequate recovery in order to increase resiliency. The Resiliency Training provides participants with tools to embrace stress and use it to their advantage as a tactic to maximize performance.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Caregivers

Vail Veterans Program signature offerings are complemented by Family Support Programs made available to alumni families throughout the year. Alumni families are invited to Vail, CO based on need, to continue their healing journey at no cost.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

Resilience Training is a follow-up course to Veterans Path to Success, hosted in Vail, CO and led by Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute coaches. This training allows participants to approach stress management in an innovative and proactive way. Instead of avoiding stressful situations, participants learn how to strategically manage stress and plan for adequate recovery in order to increase resiliency. The Resilience Training provides participants with tools to embrace stress and use it to their advantage as a tactic to maximize performance.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Caregivers

For up to 25 alumni of the Military Caregiver Retreat, this program is a follow-up program focused on resilience. Caregivers of wounded Veterans will focus on health and wellness in a safe and comfortable environment, while connecting with others confronting similar challenges and learning sustainable coping mechanisms. Activities include yoga, meditation, empowerment training, outdoor adventures, and group meals.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

The Secretary of Defense and the US Army 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adults with disabilities receiving sufficient social and emotional support

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with disabilities, Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pandemic impacted in-person programs for wounded military veterans in 2020 and 2021. Alternative support was provided. In 2022 all in-person support programs resumed.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

VVP 2023 mission is to provide military injured and their families with innovative and transformational programs that build confidence and improve lives. Each day, 20 veterans commit suicide. Our goal is to continue providing programs that equip veterans with healthy coping mechanisms and a strong support network, contributing to a decrease in that number. Goals include: Encourage wounded Veterans and their families to discover a "new norm". Decrease the isolating effects of a catastrophic injury by encouraging lifelong friendships. Provide healthy coping mechanisms that contribute to emotional physical healing for the family. Vail Veterans Program empowers wounded Veterans and their families with innovative and transformational programs that define new recreational possibilities to build confidence and improve lives. Programs encourage healthy recovery, personal growth, and the formation of life-long communities of mutual support.

Vail Veterans Program (VVP) programs are offered at no cost to veterans or to their families/caregivers, encouraging the entire family to participate together. VVP focuses on the quality of programs provided and the strength of the relationships built throughout program events. VVPs model of keeping each program group intimate and small fosters a unique environment in which wounded veterans and their families are able to create special support systems that last long after the culmination of each program. VVP eliminates geographic and financial barriers, making programs accessible.

Vail Veterans Program (VVP) is uniquely qualified to serve as a provider of transformational programming for severely injured US military service members. Since its founding in 2004, VVP has developed longstanding relationships with three major military hospitals: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. Through these relationships, VVP is able to offer seamless care to veterans, by understanding the stage of recovery and particular needs of each individual. Furthermore, VVP is able to offer safety and comfort to these participants through including a representative from each military hospital at every program event. This is crucial, as VVP is often the first experience away from the clinical environment post-injury. VVP works only with certified professional instructors for all recreational programming, to ensure the safest and best instruction is offered to all participating veterans and their families.

Since 2004, Vail Veterans Program (VVP )has evolved to meet the needs of wounded Veterans and their families, impacting the lives of over 1,350 wounded Veterans and 2,105 family members and caregivers. VVP will continue to grow to transform the lives of more wounded veterans and their families.

Financials

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Operations

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Vail Veterans Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William (Bill) Jensen

COL David Rozelle (Ret.)

Michael Brown

Mike Galvin

William (Bill) Jensen

CPT Dawn Halfaker (Ret.)

CPT Wayne Waldon (Ret.)

Mike Carey

CAPT Jeffrey Tomlin

Cheryl Jensen

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/6/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/06/2024

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.