Kayak Instruction at the Olympic Outdoor Center, San Marcos We lead a variety of whitewater and flatwater paddling programs geared toward providing irresistible fun for everyone! No matter your age or abilities you will enjoy the personal attention from our skilled instructors. We are committed to providing you with the best paddling programs available. Our Mission is to enhance lives through creating river adventures for all ages and abilities. The vision of our founder, Ben Kvanli, who competed in the 1996   Olympic Games in Kayaking, is to “be the top instructional center for kayaking, Paralympic Canoe/Kayak, and wounded warrior adventure therapy.” See us at www.kayakinstruction.org  
Veterans Adventure (part of Kayak Instruction, above) In 2002 we took our first crew of wounded veterans kayaking and seeing their joy encouraged us to look for opportunities to enhance more unique individuals' lives.  As a result we have led kayak trips, events, and classes for the VA hospitals and have taught close to 50,000 people to paddle with stability and style.  Our daily training and weekly events and trips have given paddlers the opportunity to make the US National Team every year since we started, and we work to make that goal achievable by every athlete that we train. Check us out at www.veteransadventure.org
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My kids getting a little electro-shock therapy before we focused on getting electrified for local organizations (watching this made me think I should have used a cattle prod when they were little... ya know, just to acclimate them so they’d do better in these races... just thinkin’ of them ) 
Here a Paralympian teaches  swimming techniques... expert coaching at a ridiculously good price (free!)
Operation Comfort Operation Comfort is a 501 C-3 nonprofit organization formed in 2004 to support combat wounded, ill or injured, active duty and retired Service Members coming from Iraq and Afghanistan who are recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center, Audie Murphy VA Hospital, and surrounding VA facilities.  We provide rehabilitative therapeutic programs, including sled hockey, adaptive cycling, swimming, adaptive surfing, Automotivation and woodworking.  Our Automotivation program provides an opportunity for veterans to work on cars and to learn new skills.  Operation Comfort also considers applications for family financial assistance. Finally, understanding things change when a Service Member has been wounded, we offer Ladies’ respite outings. For more information please visit our website www.operationcomfort.org  or call our office at 210-826-0500.
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Thinking of a day in San Marcos?  Let the sporty ones learn kayaking, and let the rest go shopping. (I did not just say that) Uh, let the others watch and wish they had joined you but now all they can do is put together your picnic lunch and ice the beer.
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Sports and Adapted Sports All Veterans don’t have to do Adapted Sports, but sooner or later, your body's going to make you adapt….trust me on this one. So whether you’re able to continue in your familiar sports, try a new one, or have to explore the Adapted Sports world, try to get moving in some way. I don’t know about all the hormones coursing through our bodies after we exercise, but I do know after a swim I just feel better. And sleep better. And sometimes that’s just what we need. Next lecture (lucky you): Have you heard of the “Eat Local” movement, that supports local farmers, keeps food fresh, and lowers transportation costs and pollution? Well, I say, “Race Local”. There’s lots of kinds of sporting events out there, like run/walk, bicycle, and obstacle races. If you’re someone who plans these, please consider having the proceeds go to local Veterans’ programs, not out of state. Most every organization listed on this site is local to the Texas Hill Country, or helps our local veterans. And if you’re wanting to find a race, you might want to choose ones that benefit local organizations. Race smart. Race local. Why Give & Participate in Local Events? Often local organizations have a better idea how to help the local veterans. And when you donate to local programs, you get to see where your money is going---it makes your giving more tangible, especially when you can participate, or meet the service members. Enough of that. Lecture over. Yer dismissed.
Warrior Hike   In 1948 Earl Shaffer told a friend he was going to “walk off the war” to work out the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II. Four months later, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Recognizing the physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of hiking the Appalachian Trail, Warrior Hike has partnered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to create the Walk Off The War Program. Veterans participating in the Walk Off The War Program will receive the following support: Funding for equipment and supplies, annual memberships to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Appalachian Trial Conservancy, logistical support during trail town stops, and assistance with future employment opportunities. See us at www.warriorhike.com