Soldiers to Summits Aids Veterans in Overcoming Barriers

Soldiers to Summits is a program of No Barriers USA, whose mission is to unleash the potential of the human spirit. Soldiers to Summits accomplishes this by building transformative experiences designed to help veterans overcome barriers and live a life of purpose. This September, a group of veterans from four branches of the military will climb to the summit of Mt. Whitney in California and raise their flag on September 11th. 

The journey by the numbers:
- At 14,505 feet above sea level, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the 48 contiguous U.S. states.  It is the culminating summit of the Sierra Nevada.
- Team members come from four branches of the military and have various levels of post-injury ability from elite triathlete and future Para-Olympic hopeful to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors. Others are recovering from crushing injuries, bi-lateral knee reconstruction and amputation.
- This mission is set to launch on September 1st (pending conditions) with summit planned September 11th.

Using mountains as both a metaphor and training ground, Soldiers to Summits helps veterans and service members overcome barriers, regardless of physical, mental or emotional challenges.  In this interview, David Shurna, Director of No Barriers USA, along with the above participating veteran, will talk more about this upcoming mission, the training involved and how Soldiers to Summits teaches participants to embrace a No Barriers Mindset through its expeditions and climbs, as well as its experiential offerings.

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After losing his hiking boots to a hungry hyena on the Nyika Plateau of northern Malawi, David Shurna and his friends spent a few intense months backpacking across Southern Africa while crafting their personal visions for changing the world. Years later, Dave would become the Executive Director of No Barriers USA, an organization dedicated to helping people unleash the potential of the human spirit. Through his leadership, Dave has grown Soldiers to Summits into a globally-respected program with a passionate following. David Shurna's media appearances include the Denver Post, Colorado Public Radio, ABC Nightline and United Hemispheres Magazine. No Barriers USA as an organization has been featured on many outlets, including ABC Nightly News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio, Afar Magazine, CBS Primetime, and Outside Magazine, just to name a few.

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