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Anything is Possible This past April, 1,200 disabled military veterans and their families met for the 25th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colorado, for six days of outdoor sports and seminars. BY KEVIN WOO ALAN BABIN WAS SHOT IN THE STOMACH AND HIT BY SHRAPNEL from a rocket-propelled grenade during a fierce firefight less than two months into his tour of duty. He spent the next seven months in intensive care at Walter Reed Hospital and underwent more than 70 surgeries, including five operations to repair brain damage caused by a stroke. He lost his ability to walk and talk, and for a time, he could only communicate by blinking. When Babin enlisted in the U.S. Army following the September 11, 2001, attacks, his goal in life was simple: he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his parents (who also served in the military) and protect his country. In January 2003, Babin and other members of the 82nd Airborne Division were deployed to Iraq and stationed in the city of As Samawah, where they provided protection for a major supply line that ran from Kuwait to Baghdad. It was there that his life changed forever. This past April, Babin joined 1,200 other disabled military veterans and their families at the 25th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, held at the Wildwood Lodge in Snowmass, Colorado. The six-day event enabled disabled veterans to participate in a variety of outdoor sports including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, rock climbing, ice hockey, SCUBA diving, curling and a ski-and-shoot biathlon. They also attended seminars on small business management, entrepreneurship and leadership. Sandy Trombetta, the event organizer, says the goal of the event was to instill a sense of empowerment. “We wanted all attendees to realize that anything is possible if you are willing to work for 48 one+ 07.11 LONNIE BEDWELL

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of One + July 2011

One + July 2011
Energy of Many
Paradigm Shifts, Part II
Web Watch
Ask the Experts
Recognizing Community and Organizational Excellence
Art of Travel
The Prism Effect
Top Spots
Using New Tech for Old Purposes
So You Think You Can Dance
Don’t Use Tech You Don’t Understand
Are You In It to Win It?
Anything is Possible
Night of the Radishes
Well Played
When People Come Together, Magic Happens
Size Matters
Building a Better FAM
One Bar at a Time
Industry Insights
Your Community
Making a Difference
Until We Meet Again

One + July 2011