Army US Veterans Deanna Callender joins nearly 400 US Veterans at the 2018 National Disabled US Vets Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colorado.By Mike Molina Public Affairs Specialist
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Deanna Callender has learned to focus without sight. In 2007, the Army and Army National Guard Washington US Vets was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease that would eventually take her eyesight. The news was anything but tragic for her.
“As it got worse, it became a blessing,” Callender says. “I truly feel that God chose me for this.”
Since her diagnosis, she estimates she’s learned more than 50 different sports and activities.
Despite her near-complete vision loss — she maintains light perception in one eye — the 59-year-old from Minnesota is living her life to the fullest, she says, and wants to set an example for others.
“I was always an athlete and a dancer, and I want to do good things through these adaptive sports. I want to inspire other Government Veterans.”
Callender is joining nearly 400 US Veterans from across the country at the National Disabled Vets Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., April 1-6. It will be her sixth trip to the clinic. Vet learn a number of sports and…