|Disabled veterans on the Colorado River near Grand Junction, Colorado.|
Here are some examples of programs for disabled veterans that are run by BLM permittees on BLM-managed lands:
Montana (Missoula Field Office): offers access to disabled hunters. BLM allows disabled persons special vehicle access to retrieve game and access to areas closed seasonally to the general public during hunting season are considered on a case by case basis
Medford, Oregon: The annual Rogue River Clean-Up includes veterans from the Veteran Administration's White City Domiciliary in White City, Oregon. Outfitter Hellgate Excursions donates a jet boat for up to 50 veterans for the cleanup, which is coordinated by the BLM's Medford District.
Statewide, Utah: Through their many land and river programs on Utah’s public lands, national forests, and national parks, SPLORE has served over 40,000 people with disabilities and has been recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs for providing outstanding service. In recent years, SPLORE has focused on treating veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Wasatch Adaptive Sports Program works with Steve Young's "Forever Young" Foundation, the University of Utah Health Science Center and Adrift Adventures as partners in providing a variety of trips for disabled veterans, including day and overnight Colorado river trips, 4-wheel drive tours and horseback tours on BLM-managed lands.
Westwater Canyon, Utah: Challenge Aspen worked with Adventure Bound to take disabled veterans through Westwater Canyon between 2004 and 2009. On September 1, 2011 Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO) hosted wounded warriors from around the country on the second adaptive trip ever to be permitted by the Bureau of Land Management.
Moab, Utah: The annual Rally on the Rocks for utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) includes a veteran-only trail run. During the event a fundraiser is held for the Wounded Warrior Project. Several commercial outfitters that are BLM permittees in the Moab area offer a discount to veterans.
Statewide, Colorado: Most of our commercial river outfitters serve disabled veterans, and river camps have been adapted to accommodate special needs. One such BLM permittee is Adaptive Sports.
Craig, Colorado: The Little Snake Field Office issues approximately 67 outfitter permits for big game and lion hunts each year. Through qualified and permitted outfitters, the office accommodates disabled veteran hunters.
Grand Junction, Colorado: Colorado Discover Ability is a BLM-permitted outfitter, running trips for disabled veterans and others on the Colorado River through the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area in western Colorado.
Wyoming (Rawlins FO) allows hunting access for hunters with special needs. Hunter can receive a permit to travel cross-country on BLM only after they have received a disabled hunter permit from WG&F.
Enjoying the mighty Colorado. Photos courtesy of SPLORE.
The BLM is legally mandated by the Architectural Barriers Act
, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
, and 43 CFR part 17
to provide accessibility in its programs and facilities to all people with disabilities. The BLM works closely with its permittees to ensure that disabled veterans can experience their own unique adventures on America's public lands.
Learn more about the BLM’s Accessibility Program and find facilities and qualified BLM outfitters offering trips for the disabled. For more information about events for disabled veterans in your area of interest, please contact the local BLM Field Office. For information about BLM's accessibility programs, contact a BLM Accessibility Lead.
National Accessibility Coordinator - Tina McDonald, (202) 912-7251,firstname.lastname@example.org
|Note: The use of permittee names on this page is for informational purposes only and does not constitute endorsement of any of the businesses or organizations listed.|
Idaho - Cynthia Kowalczyk, (208) 373-3952, Cynthia_Kowalczyk@blm.gov