What is the National Wounded Warrior Center?

The National Wounded Warrior Center will be a fully accessible, state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facility located in Mammoth Lakes, California adjacent to Cerro Coso Community College.

The National Wounded Warrior Center empowers wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women by facilitating their transition into fulfilling civilian lives through education, rehabilitation, health and wellness.  For more information please see our E-Brochure.

Front of National Wounded Warrior Center Wounded Warrior studying Mt Ritter and Mt Banner Wounded Warrior kayaking Wounded Warrior on mono ski on Mammoth Mountain View from patio Wounded Warriors Group Photo Wounded Warrior tubing Wounded Warrior rock climbing with metal leg Military Personnel Front of Cerro Coso Community College building Wounded Warriors on adaptive bicycles

The Center offers Wounded Warriors what they need to:

  • LEARN a new vocation
  • HEAL physical and psychological wounds
  • THRIVE in their new life!

Check out the great story by Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss on the National Wounded Warrior Center!

Who is behind the National Wounded Warrior Center?

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families by: offering year-round outdoor sports and activities, creating inspiring challenges, providing expert instruction and adaptive equipment, rallying the community to comfortably accommodate people with disabilities. We believe the freedom and exhilaration of outdoor challenges changes lives. No one should be left behind simply because of a disability!

Kathy Copeland

 Service members tell me the hardest part of being in the military is getting out. Our wounded, ill and injured heroes need our support! Thank you in advance for making a difference and supporting our Wounded Warriors as quickly as possible!   –Kathy Copeland, Executive Director, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra

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You can’t put a price tag on an opportunity to come to a place as soothing as Mammoth for these Wounded Warriors–to feel like they’re not alone, that they’re not forgotten. It’s one thing for the government to do it, but it’s when private citizens and communities are doing it for the love of fellow man that really touches the young soldiers. It’s a chance to fundamentally save or change a person for the rest of their life.
–Larry D. Nicholson, Commanding General, 1st Marine Division
I have been up to Mammoth and watched Kathy Copeland and her incredible team firsthand. The work they do for our wounded, ill and injured Marines is amazing, and gives recovering Marines and sailors self-esteem and self-confidence like few things I have seen.
–Col.Willard A. Buhl USMC
The whole experience with all of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra was really a huge confidence boost for me. I left with high self-esteem and motivation to strive for more.
–Wounded Warrior, Cpl Brock Bigej
I felt some peace of mind here within myself, which I haven’t had in more than five years since returning from Iraq.
–Wounded Warrior, Jordan
Participating as a supporter of the Wounded Warrior program at Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra allows our family to say a simple thank you. Our efforts will never be able to equal the sacrifice of these heroes, but in some small way we hope they feel our deep and earnest appreciation for their service.
–Donor, Steve Garcia