Park City, Utah - When Jesse Stewart graduated from college he received two ‘diplomas’. One was a undergraduate degree, the other a commission in the United States Army as an infantry officer. With degree and commission in hand, Stewart embarked on a career as one of America’s elite special operators. After completing parachute, air assault, pathfinder and ranger schools he found himself deployed to the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Years later with a full medical retirement in hand the now wounded warrior works full time in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the Harris Corporation.
At this years upcoming United States Ski, Snowboard and Freeskiing Rookie Camp, the retired wounded warrior will be sharing his life experiences with the hopes that our future Olympians will grow in a positive manner from the overall exchange and experience.
“This will be our 3rd year bringing combat wounded warriors to the USSA Rookie Camp,” says Robi Powers, founder of American300, the organization that has partnered to help facilitate these unique exchanges, adding “The USSA’s core values are nearly identical to those of our US Armed Forces, and bringing in warriors who can share their life stories only helps reinforce with the ski teams new comers that duty, sacrifice and commitment are more then just words on a poster.”
In return, the USSA has worked with American300 over the past 7 years to encourage national team athletes to make themselves available to the nonprofit for Athlete to Military Base interactions. To date over a dozen such exchanges have taken place at locations that range from the middle east to the north pole and bases right here at home.
Bringing world class individuals together to exchange information and experiences provides the framework for what has proven to make this program so successful in the eyes of both USSA and Military officials to date. “I’m really looking forward to meeting tomorrow’s Olympians,” says Stewart, adding “These athletes personify everything that my fellow warriors and I have sacrificed so much for over the years, I just wish I had 14 of my men still alive... they would have gotten a kick out of seeing the old man trying to keep up with these guys.”
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This wouldn’t be Stewart’s only deployment.