Los Angeles



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


Ocean Sports
Lake Sports
Snow Sports
Underwater Sports


Operation Virtual for Vets


Honoring Our Nation’s Heroes Gala
at The Los Angeles Coliseum

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

HGLA- Climbing Sports Camp @ Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm

**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.


HGLA October Climbing Sports Program for Male & Female Veterans

  • Who: 9 veterans
  • What: A week of recreational therapy through climbing and camping — no experience necessary
  • When: October 10-16, 2020
  • Where: Joshua Tree National Park, CA
  • Accommodations:  camping, tents sleeping bags provided
  • Cost: HG covers all related costs, including travel costs for veteran participants
  • Veterans must first 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 Kris@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