Recreational Therapy Programs for Veterans and Active Duty

The National Ability Center stands with other national and local community partners, as well as government agencies in the support of U.S. service members and their families. We believe in promoting and empowering resilience and a healthy, active and enjoyable life through sport, recreation and educational programs. We also believe successful long-term care of our nation’s active duty military and veterans must include strong community and governmental partnerships. We welcome every station of duty, branches of service, and active duty and veteran service members of all conflicts to engage in our programs and strive to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others.

From individual activities to seven-day retreats, the National Ability Center offers a number of individual and group programs for servicemen and women and their families. These programs are designed to develop and encourage independence and general health and wellness consistent with a balanced and physically active lifestyle, as well as smooth the transition from military to civilian life. Military programs include: individual, family and group sports and recreation opportunities, health & wellness retreats and Military Family Retreats.

National Ability Center Military Programs are supported through partnerships with the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP),  Salt Lake City VA, VA Adaptive Sports Grant, University of Utah National Center for Veterans Studies, Brother’s Keepers, Edwards Lifesciences, Boeing, US Olympic Committee/US Paralympics, Disabled Sports USA, and many other government, community and private partners.

For more information, please contact our Groups and Military Department, at 435.649.3991 x630 or email

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Military Program Opportunities & Retreats

Individual Sport and Family Recreation
Service members who incurred service-connected injuries or illness are provided access to all National Ability Center sports and recreation programs at no cost to the service member and their accompanying immediate family members. This is made possible by generous grants from Edwards Lifesciences, Boeing and The Department of Defense.

Military Health and Wellness Retreats
These seven-day events focus on activities designed to encourage a balanced and active lifestyle. The service member, along with a guest, will enjoy an all-expense paid retreat, including lodging, travel, meals and activities at the National Ability Center. Guests can look forward to *seasonal summer and winter activities and trainings, as well as year-round activities, which may include our indoor climbing wall, sled hockey, equine-assisted learning (EAL), ability yoga, guided imagery, nutritional counseling, peer support and community events and attractions.

Military Family Retreats and Single-Day Events
These four-day retreats and single-day events focus on activities designed to promote and encourage family cohesion and trust through group activities. These activities are designed to incorporate healthy living & lifestyle choices for individuals and families. The service member, along with his/her family, will enjoy an all-expense paid summer or winter retreat, including travel reimbursement, all lodging, meals and activities at the National Ability Center. Families can take part in sport and recreation exercise techniques and equipment training, as well as *seasonal and year-round activities, which may include our indoor climbing wall, sled hockey, equine-assisted learning (EAL), ability yoga, nutritional counseling and community events and attractions.

Seasonal Summer Activities
Cycling, mountain biking, waterskiing and tubing, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, archery, golfing, fly fishing and challenge course.

Seasonal Winter Activities
Skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, winter fat-tire biking, snowshoeing, biathlon and a trip to Midway Hot Springs.

Wounded Veteran Adaptive Skiing  Military support group  Wounded Warrior activity

For more information, please contact our Military Partnership Manager, Jeremy Houskeeper, at 435.649.3991 x615 or email