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Fun in the California Sun

Jackson VA Veteran Edwin Mitchell kayaking in Mission Bay, California.

Jackson VA Veteran Edwin Mitchell kayaking in Mission Bay, California during the 2011 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic.

By Public Affairs Office
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

For US Army Veteran Edwin Mitchell fun is the right word, but it was much more than that.  To hear him tell it, you get a sense of exactly what he means. 

 “I had a great time kayaking, sailing and tandem bike-riding,” said Edwin. “The solace and freedom of being out on the water or riding a bike again was incredible.” 

The week spent in southern California at the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic gave Veterans from all over the country an opportunity to not only challenge themselves physically and mentally, but to, as Edwin says, make some life-long friendships.  As the youngest member of the Vicksburg Area Blind Veterans Association, he hopes to bring back some of the excitement he experienced in San Diego to local Veterans back here in Mississippi. 

“I’m the youngest pup in the group,” said Edwin, “but more and more are returning at a younger age.  There’s a lot of life still out there.  With all the water resources in the area and biking trails I hope to find a way to partner with other organizations to help get Veterans out of the clinical setting and take advantage of some of these therapies.” 

It’s this type of commitment to fellow Veterans that Mitchell feels especially strong about. 

“I’ve spoken to my VIST Coordinator, Harold Miller, about volunteering at the VA.  I’m all fired up.”

For more information on the National Veterans Summers Sports Clinic, please visit




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