There are so many things that make me proud of Cisco and its employees, but one of the most gratifying is the work we do to support our nation’s heroes – our warfighters and veterans. This week, nearly 400 of those heroes will take to the slopes, ride snowmobiles, try scuba diving, and enjoy rock climbing and other activities at the 27th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colo. from March 31-April 5.

Snowmobiling at the 2012 Winter Sports Clinic
Snowmobiling at the 2012 Winter Sports Clinic

The Clinic provides adaptive winter sports instruction for U.S. military veterans and active duty service men and women with disabilities. It is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and supported by other sponsors, including Cisco.

I look forward to this event every year. It is truly inspiring to share these experiences with such great men and women, hear their stories and see them take on new challenges. Personally, my favorite activity is snowmobiling, although I enjoy skiing as well. But by far the best thing about the Clinic is the opportunity to give something back to, and show our appreciation for, our nation’s finest.

Downhill skiing at the 2012 Winter Sports Clinic
Downhill skiing at the 2012 Winter Sports Clinic

As in years past, Cisco is honored to play a role in the Clinic this year. In addition to providing wireless Internet and networking technology, and event signage, Cisco employees volunteer their time on site to help make it a great experience for the athletes and their families.

To all servicemen and women who have made sacrifices in the service of our country, you have our deepest gratitude. To all who are on the mountain this week, you have our best wishes. And to all the Cisco employees who are supporting this worthwhile event, thank you. I couldn’t be more proud.

For updates and pictures from this week’s event, check out the Cisco Federal Facebook page and follow @CiscoFederal on Twitter.


Patrick Finn

No Longer at Cisco