SALT LAKE CITY — A federal agency will give wounded military veterans a chance to explore the scenery of Utah rivers.
The Utah office of the Bureau of Land Management has renewed a memorandum of understanding with Disabled Sports USA that will allow the veterans to participate in several multi-day river trips on the Colorado, Green and San Juan rivers during 2012 and 2013.
Disabled Sports USA is a national, nonprofit organization established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve those injured in war. The organization offers sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability.
Six of Disabled Sports USA’s chapters — Adaptive Adventures, Adaptive Sports Association, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Challenge Aspen, Colorado Discover Ability and Team River Runner — are collaborating with BLM Utah’s Moab, Monticello and Price field offices to organize the river trips.
"Disabled Sports USA is delighted to continue our relationship with BLM Utah that provides disabled veterans with outstanding recreational opportunities. We thank BLM Utah for their support of the rehabilitative experiences our program offers veterans on public lands and rivers," said Kirk Bauer, executive director of Disabled Sports USA. "This represents a wonderful opportunity to enjoy healthy, outdoor activities in one of the most scenic states in the USA."