Wounded warriors will visit Park City

Utah Olympic ParkThe following is an excerpt from an article originally published at ParkRecord.com:

Two soldiers who were wounded in combat will spend five days in December vacationing in Park City.
The trips came through the efforts of Christmas Can Cure and the Wounded Warrior Project. Fountain Green resident Bradley Chidester, Joseph Perez, of Logandale, Nev., and the men’s families were chosen to stay at Silver Star at Park City from Dec. 18-22.

“For these warriors and their families, returning to civilian life and coping with their disabilities has many challenges,” Christmas Can Cure spokesman Andre Carrier said in a prepared statement. “For many, the mental and physical strain only gets worse around the holidays with the added pressure, both emotional and financial, of providing a perfect Christmas for their families.”

Chidester, 27, was hurt in Iraq in October 2004 when shrapnel hit his face, arms and upper torso. Chidester was also shot in the leg as he exchanged gunfire with his attackers near Mosul.

Perez, 43, was injured in a mortar attack during a prison riot in Iraq in 2003. He suffered head, leg and spinal cord injuries.
“They were injured in war but they’re not in wheelchairs,” Christmas Can Cure spokeswoman Nina Lynch said in a telephone interview. “They’re definitely dealing with their wounds and dealing with post traumatic stress disorder.”

During their stay the two families will ski at Park City Mountain Resort, sled at Soldier Hollow and watch some of the world’s best freestyle aerialists at Utah Olympic Park.

“We’re very excited to have the Park City community on board,” Greg Lee, a spokesman for Christmas Can Cure, said in a prepared statement. “Not only is it one of the great ski towns, but it’s also home to the National Ability Center, the world’s premier rehabilitation and outreach facility for many men and women living with disabilities.”

The events scheduled for the families during their stay include “simulated” Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations Dec. 19 and 20.

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