MOAB, Utah, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP) teamed up with Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP), Poison Spider™ Bicycles, and Cliffs and Canyons to provide a unique recreational experience for an all-male multi-day mental health workshop at Dead Horse Point State Park in Moab, Utah.
TASP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities by providing educational and recreational opportunities that develop life skills, encourage personal growth, and promote independence. The TASP mission blends well with WWP's mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Together the two organizations were able to work with Poison Spider Bicycles to secure high-quality mountain bikes and Cliffs and Canyons to ensure a safe, anxiety-provoking canyoneering experience, allowing wounded warriors opportunities for personal growth and resilience. "There are no limits to what our warriors can achieve in their recoveries. When given the opportunity and the right tools, our resourceful warriors can reach their goals," said Mike Linnington, WWP chief executive officer. To date, an estimated 400,000 service members live with invisible wounds of war, including combat stress, depression, and - the signature wounds of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) - post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Veterans managing these injuries are often forced to endure recalling prompts, typically referred to as triggers, which are linked to situational or emotional experiences and memories from the combat zone. The sound of popcorn popping or fireworks exploding can induce the memory of an improvised explosive device (IED) attack, or a random feeling of anger, sadness, or anxiety can recreate an emotional combat experience.