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Tom SchroederTom Schroeder was named DSES Volunteer of the Year for 2014/2015. He’s been an active and effective volunteer since 2008, logging a remarkable total of more than 1500 winter and summer hours since then.

“My motivation to join DSES was driven by my intent to leave the Silicon Valley hi-tech world in 2010.  I wanted to find my ‘next career’ and focus on outdoor activities (hopefully in Mammoth Lakes) and giving back to people.  DSES seemed to be a logical fit”, Tom recalls.

As planned, Tom left the hi-tech world in April 2010, after years of commuting to Mammoth for holidays and weekends from the Bay Area.  Since then, he and his wife Hilary,  who also has earned numerous DSES awards for her volunteer efforts, have lived primarily in Mammoth Lakes.

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Look what’s new at the National Wounded Warrior Center!

KC Tour NWWC Site VisitWe are moving forward, full steam ahead with our plans for the National Wounded Warrior Center! Kathy and the team are busy seeking dedicated patrons to sponsor a bedroom, dedicate a wing, offer in-kind services or provide naming rights, so that we can offer Wounded Warriors what they need to LEARN a new vocation, HEAL physical and psychological wounds, and THRIVE in their new life! We are proud to introduce our new Director of Communications and Advisory Board!

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Fox News Brings World Wide Attention to National Wounded Warrior Center

fox newsThe momentum for the National Wounded Warrior Center has really started to pick up thanks to Trace Gallagher and Fox News! We are so thankful for the massive engagement we’ve seen across social media and from around the world!

Mammoth Lakes, California is a small town with a large reach, and it just so happens that Trace grew up in Mammoth Lakes and learned to ski at Mammoth Mountain. So when Kathy Copeland, Executive Director of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES), reached out to him about the National Wounded Warrior Center, he immediately jumped on board!

The conversation began five months ago and Trace quickly gained approval from the Fox Network, scheduling a producer and cameraman to join DSES for the annual Wounded Warrior event: Operation Mountain Freedom!

10451023_802019769835249_3585393653495067481_nThey spent the morning of January 29 interviewing Kathy and our Wounded Warriors, skiing with them out on the hill and capturing the terrific Arch of Honor tradition that salutes all our servicemen and women for the sacrifice they’ve made for all of us!

When the coverage aired (see video below) on The Kelly File the next night, Kathy and her team were jumping up and down with excitement. We have been overwhelmed by the love and support that has come pouring in from around the country and as far away as Mexico, the Philippines, and Japan!

We’ve received over $60,000 in donations in less than a week and thank you to each and everyone who has so generously supported our efforts to provide a place for our Wounded Warriors to LEARN, HEAL and THRIVE!

But with a budget of $23 million, there is a long way to go! The National Wounded Warrior Center is still looking for dedicated patrons to sponsor a bedroom, dedicate a wing, and naming rights for the National Wounded Warrior Center are still up for grabs! Monthly donations are accepted through the donate button on the webpage or contact the office to establish a legacy through planned giving.

Watch the latest coverage about the National Wounded Warrior Center from Fox News!​

Let’s keep the ball rolling and thank you to everyone for your kind words of support and donations. What a great country we live in and our Wounded Warriors will benefit from your efforts!

We and your Wounded Warriors appreciate each and every donation no matter the size.

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Kathy Copeland ©2015
Executive Director
National Wounded Warrior Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone: 760.934.0791