Military Programs

HG Military uses therapeutic recreation to facilitate
a change in perspective, giving injured service members
the physical skills, confidence, and coping strategies
necessary for a successful reintegration into their families
and home communities. HG is recognized as one of the premier rehabilitation programs in the country by the Department of Defense, military medical centers, and
veteran service organizations. We serve military personnel
and veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and other polytrauma.

HG hosts eight week-long sports camps annually, each completely free of charge to veterans and their supporters.
Our camps serve 8-10 participants and are designed for specific populations—couples, men, and women. We create an intimate atmosphere where participants connect and share struggles related to battle trauma and injuries, while supporters share challenges about health care, parenting, and their role as caregivers.

Our highly trained staff of certified recreational therapists strategically implements activities that highlight individual abilities, leading to an overall improvement in quality of life.
HG commits to three years of follow-up care for each participant, helping to connect participants to their local resources and dedicating a reintegration budget for each participant to help them achieve their individual goals.

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Photo: On top of Baldy, HG Military Men’s snow sports camp 2012.

Program Highlights

We use innovative outdoor sport and coping therapies to help reintegrate injured service members with TBIs and PTS.

Camps are 100% free to participants and their supporters.

Our staff therapists schedule regular follow up with our participants for three years or more after participants complete their programs.

Higher Ground designates a reintegration budget for each of our participants to help them continue to progress once they return home.


“There are experiences in life that completely transform a person’s life. . . this was one of those experiences.”
— Sergeant Joe Danes, Marine

“Higher Ground had a lasting impact because I’m still here. I’m still alive and I wouldn’t be without you all. When I was in Sun Valley, I found friends, I felt like I belonged, and I found purpose. I lost the motivation to die, and discovered my motivation to live.”
— Sergeant Charles Peterman, Army

“I would like to personally thank you for all you are doing in support of our wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Words cannot express my gratitude. Please keep up the magnificent work!”
— Capt Key Watkins, USN, Commanding Officer, Safe Harbor