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Soaring to Recovery: Veterans try paragliding to find inspiration in La Jolla

Soaring to Recovery: Veterans try paragliding to find inspiration in La Jolla

Army Veteran Damien Burch came back from Iraq and Afghanistan unscathed physically, but mentally and emotionally, his struggles are as real as any other. He battles anxiety and alcoholism on a daily basis. However, in collaboration with the non-profit group Warrior Passion, he organized a paragliding tandem experience for himself and other veterans to help them stay engaged and find an activity that might become their life motivation.

“I stayed at the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in La Jolla for a month, and used to come (to Torrey Pines Gliderport) to relax. It was so therapeutic for me to just...

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