Senior Airman Aubrey Hand III
In June of 2010, a 200lb command wire Improvised Explosive Device blew up near Senior Airman Aubrey Hand III. Due to the blast, Aubrey shattered everything in his foot, including his Achilles and heels. In addition, he received nerve damage through both legs and his neck, ultimately leading to the amputation of his left leg below the knee.
Aubrey is an adaptive athlete that started snowboarding just 4 months after his injury. He is still very active and loves to play golf and run. When Aubrey, his wife Jasmine, and son Theron came back to the retreat, we knew they’d enjoy all of the adaptive activities we had to offer.
“This week has been absolutely wonderful. Having a chance to take a break from the real world and connect more with nature and my family was amazing. We really enjoyed all of the waterfront activities. Our son especially loved the green carpet. The playground set was a huge hit for our three-year-old. We were excited to do the ropes course and it did not disappoint. It might have taken me three minutes to work up the courage to jump but I did it! The staff went over and beyond their jobs to make us happy and comfortable. We were truly honored to be invited back this year. This trip was absolutely incredible and we are thankful for all the friends we have made.” – Senior Airman Aubrey Hand III, Jasmine, and Theron.