Disabled veterans in Alabama, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas can now apply for the 2018 No Barriers Warriors Grand Canyon Veteran Wilderness Expedition funded by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). In October, the non-profit No Barriers USA organization will once again lead a team of 14 disabled veterans on a nine-day journey of discoveries and challenges in the Grand Canyon. Disabled veterans from all military branches and eras of service can apply.
To be considered for this year’s expedition, disabled veterans should apply by July 15, 2018, through the No Barriers Warriors website. Once selected, team members must train for the journey and commit to a nine-day rafting adventure through the Grand Canyon. Participants pay nothing for the expedition; Raytheon underwrites the entire trip.
“I have witnessed the transformative power of No Barriers expeditions,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. “These are truly life-changing experiences for veterans seeking to improve their quality of life.”
By fusing a comprehensive curriculum involving structured group dialogues with physically challenging activities such as long-distance hiking and rafting, disabled veterans team up to gain new strategies and skills that help them confront and overcome the barriers they face. This is the fifth year Raytheon and No Barriers have partnered for a veteran wilderness expedition. Previous journeys took teams to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wind River Range in Wyoming.