Miller rides the lift for another run on the slopes.
Now that they’re back on home turf, the veterans are adjusting to their new physical capabilities and looking to the future. Miller hopes to return to school and study computer science, perfecting his ability at waterskiing, snow skiing, and golf along the way. Ribbentrop has a four-year-old daughter who saw snow for the first time this winter on a trip to Indiana.
“I’ve got a little girl and she’s going to be active. I want to be there and make sure that I’m active, and I’m not going to let this injury stop that,” Ribbentrop says.
Miller, Ribbentrop, and their fellow soldiers finish the week with a few bruises, but smiling and with a new ability on skis. Pringle hopes it’s the first of many steps forward in the rehabilitation process.
“We make sure that they succeed,” Pringle says. “They need that because when you’re a rough, tough [soldier], your self-image is shattered. You’re not sure who you are anymore, or if you’re physically capable or all those kinds of things that the Army or the Marines put in your mind. And so we help restore that because they succeed.”