VAIL, CO – JANUARY 30: Wounded veteran Kevin Pannell shows a prosthesis to to a child after changing it out for a more athletic leg in order to snowboard January 30, 2010 in Vail, Colorado. Pannell, from Portland, OR, lost both his legs in a grenade attack when his Army patrol was ambushed by Iraqi insurgents in 2004. With the use of two prostheses, he’s now an advanced snowboarder. He was part of a group of a dozen war wounded and their families participating in the Vail Veterans Program winter ski retreat. The program is designed to help severely wounded U.S. military forces rehabilitate and rebuild confidence through learning to ski and snowboard. Some of the wounded are flown in directly from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The visits to the Rocky Mountain retreat have been incorporated into Walter Reed’s rehabilitation program for troops who have suffered from traumatic injuries, including amputations, brain damage and other severe wounds, most of which sustained in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Pannell


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