MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM COMBAT TO REAL LIFE CAN
BUT OUR LOCAL VET CENTER IS HELPING THEM MAKE THAT
SWITCH A LITTLE SMOOTHER -- BY HITTING THE SLOPES
AT 49-DEGREES NORTH.
KXLY4'S KYLEE CRUZ HAS THE STORY.
it's a beautiful bluebird day at 49 and for 30 veterans
and their families, it's a day to escape reality,
to enjoy the great outdoors and have a little fun
FROM THE BATTLEFIELD...
thank you much
TO THE BREATHING TAKING.
SNOW COVERED PEAKS OF EASTERN WASHINGTON.
it is just perfect, this place is safe, peaceful,
it's awesome, and my buddy can come out with me
COMBAT VET BEN BROWN AND HIS SERVICE DOG LIAKA LIE-KA
ARE AT PEACE AS THEY ROAM THE MOUNTAIN.
me and my dog are snowboarding down, my dog runs next
to me, it's serenity
TODAY - BEN IS ONE OF 30 COMBAT VETERANS AND ACTIVE
DUTY MEMBERS - SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING AT 49 DEGREES
IT'S SPONSORED BY A GROUP OF FIREFIGHTERS FROM SPOKANE
VALLEY AND FIRE DISTRICT 8.
49 DEGREES STEPPED UP AND DONATED GEAR, LIFT TICKETS
everyone we come out with has been through it, they've
been through their own combat and seen tramas
FOR ONE DAY - THEIR WORRIES GO AWAY.
THEY'RE LEARNING TO ENJOY LIFE AFTER WAR.
IT'S A BONDING EXPERIENCE FOR MICHAEL WILLIAMS...
AND HIS FAMILY.
my 1st time bringing the family out there as a whole
together and have it all paid for, it feels special
to us to have somebody looking out for us
MICHAEL MIGHT NOT BE A PRO ON THE MOUNTAIN...
NATS @ - LAUGHTER14
BUT IT'S NOT ABOUT BEING THE BEST.
IT'S JUST ABOUT BEING HERE.
the kids are out having fun, wife happy, can't complain
about the day at all
IT'S A DAY AWAY FROM NORMAL LIFE - A DAY TO FORGET
ABOUT THE PAST - DAY TO LIFT THEIR SPIRITS.
[end on lift shot]
going out and challenging yourself a big, doing this
especially at 1st was a really greaet way to help