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Los Angeles

Mission

 

We use recreation, therapy, and continuing support to give people of all abilities a better life.
Together we bridge the gap between disability and belonging.

 

We are here because there are over 300,000 veterans living in Los Angeles County. And they need our support.

Los Angeles is home to the largest veteran population in the US. It is also home to some of the country’s best recreation and national beauty.
We’re bringing all worlds together to enhance quality of life for our nation’s heroes.

Partners and Supporters

LA Sponsor Logos including CAF, Util We All Win, US Department of Veterans Affaris, DAV Charititable Service Trust, The Otis Booth Foundation, Walker Dunlop

ACTIVITIES

Ocean Sports
Climbing
Snow Sports
SCUBA
Horsemanship

UPCOMING EVENTS

Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes Gala

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis all dates are tentative and subject to change.

Dec
11
Sun
HG Couples Snow Sports Program for Male and Female Veterans @ Sun Valley Resort
Dec 11 – Dec 16 all-day
**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!**

Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.

Snow Sports Program for Couples

  • Who: 7 veterans and their significant others
  • WhatA week of recreational therapy through downhill skiing or snowboarding  no experience necessary 
  • When: December 11-16, 2022
  • WhereSun Valley, Idaho 
  • Accommodations: Private Rooms at the Sun Valley Resort
  • Accessibility: Adaptive Ski Equipment is Available if Needed
  • Cost: HG covers all related costs, including travel costs for both veterans and supporters 

A few notes about our program

  • Registration: Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma. If you would like to attend a program, you must first register on our website here. From there, a Participant Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding available opportunities for you. If you have already registered but your contact information has changed, please let us know so we can continue to inform you of upcoming programs! Just email dave@highergroundusa.org with any relevant changes.
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy waitlist, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program. 
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner. 
For more information, watch our video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8gSBrgqIzQ
Feb
5
Sun
HG Couples Snow Sports Program for Male and Female Veterans @ Sun Valley Resort
Feb 5 – Feb 10 all-day
**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!**

Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.

Snow Sports Program for Couples

  • Who: 8 veterans and their significant others
  • WhatA week of recreational therapy through downhill skiing or snowboarding  no experience necessary 
  • When: February 5-10, 2023
  • WhereSun Valley, Idaho 
  • Accommodations: Private Rooms at the Sun Valley Resort
  • Accessibility: Adaptive Ski Equipment is Available if Needed
  • Cost: HG covers all related costs, including travel costs for both veterans and supporters 

A few notes about our program

  • Registration: Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma. If you would like to attend a program, you must first register on our website here. From there, a Participant Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding available opportunities for you. If you have already registered but your contact information has changed, please let us know so we can continue to inform you of upcoming programs! Just email dave@highergroundusa.org with any relevant changes.
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy waitlist, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program. 
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner. 

For more information, watch our video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8gSBrgqIzQ

Feb
26
Sun
HG Singles Snow Sports Program for Male and Female Veterans @ Mammoth Mountain, CA
Feb 26 – Mar 3 all-day

**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!**

Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.

 

HG Snow Sports Program for Male & Female Veterans and their Supporters

  • Who: 6 veterans and their supporter
  • What: A week of recreational therapy through skiing, snowboarding and tubing — no experience necessary
  • When: February 26 – March 3, 2023
  • Where: Mammoth Mountain, CA
  • Accommodations:  All participants will stay in a the Mammoth Mountain Inn
  • Cost: HG covers all related costs, including travel costs for veterans.

Apply Here

A few notes about our program

  • Registration: Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma. If you would like to attend a program, you must first register on our website here. From there, a Participant Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding available opportunities for you. If you have already registered but your contact information has changed, please let us know so we can continue to inform you of upcoming programs! Just email militaryprogramparticipantcoordinator@highergroundusa.org with any relevant changes.
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy waitlist, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program.
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner.

For more information, watch our video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8gSBrgqIzQ

Mar
19
Sun
HG Snow Sports Program: in partnership with the Salt Lake City VA @ Sun Valley Resort
Mar 19 – Mar 24 all-day
**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!**

Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.

Snow Sports Program in Partnership with the SLC VA

  • Who: 7 veterans and their supporters
  • WhatA week of recreational therapy through downhill skiing or snowboarding 
  • When: March 19-24, 2023
  • WhereSun Valley, Idaho 
  • Accommodations: Private Rooms at the Sun Valley Resort
  • Accessibility: Adaptive Ski Equipment is Available if Needed
  • Cost: HG covers all related costs, including travel costs for both veterans and supporters 

A few notes about our program

  • Registration: Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma. If you would like to attend a program, you must first register on our website here. From there, a Participant Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding available opportunities for you. If you have already registered but your contact information has changed, please let us know so we can continue to inform you of upcoming programs! Just email dave@highergroundusa.org with any relevant changes.
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy waitlist, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program. 
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner. 

For more information, watch our video here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8gSBrgqIzQ

Apr
26
Wed
HG Couples Horsemanship and Wellness Program for Male and Female Veterans 
Apr 26 – May 2 all-day

group photo of 10 riders posed for picture on horseback

**Participants must be selected for a program, and availability is subject to change. Please contact Event PoC with any questions!**

Our week-long outdoor therapeutic recreation programs support those experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and/or Polytrauma. The program is designed to help you discover a renewed sense of belonging, improve quality of life, and connect you with a community.

April 26-May 2, 2023 Couples Horsemanship and Wellness Program for Male and Female Veterans

  • Who: 6 male or female veterans and their significant other
  • What: Horsemanship skill development with Wolcott Farms. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. All riding levels welcome. 
  • When: April 26 – May 2, 2023
  • Where: Beaver Hollow Conference Center, Java, NY
  • Accommodations: Each participant will have their own hotel style room with private bathroom (shared with supporter if attending with someone)
  • Accessibility: Some uneven terrain and steps, mostly paved or gravel paths throughout the property 
  • Cost: FREE – Higher Ground Covers ALL program related costs 

Interested? Use this link HERE to submit our HG program interest/availability form

A few notes about our program:

  • Registration: Different than our interest form in the link above – the registration on our website allows you to enter your contact information so you can be informed about our upcoming programs.
    • Our programs are for veterans with symptoms of PTSD, TBI, MST, and/or polytrauma.
    • If you would like to attend a program, you must first register on our website under the Programs tab of our website HERE
    • From there, a Participant Coordinator will be in contact with you regarding available opportunities for you. If you have already registered but your contact information has changed, please let us know so we can continue to inform you of upcoming programs!
  • One-Time Experience: Due to our lengthy wait list, we are only able to provide one week-long program. We provide resources to find recreation in your home community, as well as 3 years of follow-up after you have completed our program.
  • Recreational Therapy: Our programs incorporate daily group discussions to reflect on the impact of recreation, typically they last about an hour right before dinner.

For more information, watch our YouTube video HERE