The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics in San Antonio and Dallas have each recently marked their first anniversaries of serving veterans and families. Together the first two Cohen Clinics in Texas helped more than 1,000 clients in their first year.
Joining the network in marking these milestones have been veteran U.S. Paralympic athletes, Jen Lee and Kari Miller. Jen Lee, a 2014 gold medalist in sled hockey, addressed a crowd of VSO’s and other community leaders this week in Dallas. Lee received a tour of the clinic during the day before headlining the event. He shared his inspirational story.
“Thank you for what you do to provide care for our veterans. This place is inspiring,” Lee said. “For me, getting out of that hospital bed and dealing with the emotional side of my recovery was a key step to getting to where I am now.”
Lee served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He had his left leg amputated above the knee after injuring it in a motorcycle accident in 2009.
Another decorated U.S. Paralympic Team member, Kari Miller, attended the Cohen Clinic at San Antonio’s anniversary event last month.
As a veteran and USOC Paralympic athlete, Miller has persevered through many physical and mental wounds. Kari’s military career was ended after being hit by a drunk driver forcing Kari to reshape her future. Kari’s strength and dedication paid off after she won a gold medal and two silver medals in the Paralympic games with her Sitting Volleyball team. Kari continues to support other veterans and paraplegics by providing a friendly peer during transitions, as well as preparing for future Paralympic games.
By Anthony Guido, CVN Vice President of Communications & Marketing