K2 ADVENTURES FOUNDATION wrote -
On Veterans Day (November 11, 2013), a group of disabled and able-bodied military veterans and civilians will make a bid for the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895m). K2 Adventures Foundation will put together a diverse team of military veterans, active-duty soldiers and civilians to tackle Africa’s highest peak in celebration of those who have served and those who continue to serve.
Motivated by the belief that time in the outdoors eases the transition back to civilian life, K2 Adventures Foundation has created an opportunity for soldiers to build community and reconnect with the outdoors. Statistically, over 18 US veterans a day commit suicide and many others turn to substance abuse and violence to cope with the overwhelming difficulties faced after service. With the help of programs like this, some are finding a different way.
“Veterans to the Summit” will provide an opportunity for former service members to experience camaraderie and a sense of belonging while also contributing to ongoing development efforts in Moshi, Tanzania. The team will not only climb a peak, but will also spend a few days working with children at the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind. This school is made up of 520 students and 74 orphans that live on property. The 74 orphans suffer from albinism, blindness or the genetic disease called Xeroderma Pigmentosum.