Snowmobile Therapy: Disabled Veterans Hit Trails, Mountains

Idaho snowmobilers donate their time and equipment to help those who serve

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By Roger Phillips - rphillips@idahostatesman.com

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Idaho Statesman

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They came to ride and reconnect, and easily mixed with the dozens of volunteers who helped coordinate the inaugural Disabled Veterans Snowmobile Ride.

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Many of the 13 wounded veterans who participated had never ridden a snowmobile, including Chris Tschida of Meridian, who lost a hand and sustained other injuries when an insurgent tossed two grenades into his tank in Iraq. Tschida wears a prosthetic hook on his left arm, but it didn't stop him from joining his fellow veterans and trying out snowmobiling.

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"I'm trying to see how far I can go," he said.

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Tschida and his fellow veterans are all at least 50 percent disabled from combat wounds or other service-related injuries.

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Saved By Snowmobiles

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The Disabled Veterans Snowmobile Ride was the brainchild of Josh Callihan of Boise and done in cooperation with a small army of volunteers from the Idaho State Snowmobile Association and several Treasure Valley businesses.

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Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/03/14/2490439/snowmobile-therapy-disabled-veterans.html

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