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About No Barriers Warriors

 

No Barriers Warriors, a program of No Barriers USA, improves the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments. Our experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch physical and emotional boundaries, foster camaraderie, pioneer through adversity and step up and serve others.

Through experiences that are one part adventure, one part curriculum, and one part physical challenge, we show veterans that what’s within them is stronger than what’s in their way.


OUR HISTORY

No Barriers Warriors started as an innovative idea to celebrate the tenth anniversary of blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer’s historic climb of Mount Everest. From this idea, a program originally called Soldiers to Summits was born. Erik and his Everest teammates led a group of disabled soldiers, all injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, to the summit of Lobuche, a 20,100-foot peak in the Himalayas. The quest was documented in the film High Ground.

In 2012, No Barriers USA and Soldiers to Summits were both looking for ways to expand the impact of their programs for youth and veterans, believing that their transformative experiences could change the lives of many more individuals. No Barriers USA wrapped Soldiers to Summits into its organization and immediately added transformative programs for wounded veterans and survivors to its suite of offerings.

Under the name Soldiers to Summits, No Barriers executed the South Pole Allied Challenge (SPAC) with Britain’s Prince Harry, as well as climbs of Peru’s Mariposa 1 and Ecuador’s Cotopaxi. Then in 2015, No Barriers USA realized that, while “Soldiers” was a great name, it didn’t quite fit the population we serve. With an eye toward aiding veterans with disabilities from all branches of service, as well as survivors of the fallen, we became No Barriers Warriors. Concurrently, Soldiers to Summits became Warriors to Summits and remains the name of our most challenging expedition.

Expedition Team

Jeffery Amos

JEFFERY AMOS

U.S. Army, Wyoming

Jeffery Amos served as a light wheeled vehicle mechanic with the 4th Infantry ...
Victor Hyser

VICTOR HYSER

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Illinois

Victor Hyser served in the Marine Corps from 1972 to 1989. While in the ...
Guadalupe Hernandez

GUADALUPE HERNANDEZ

U.S. Marine Corps, Texas

Guadalupe Hernandez served in the Marine Corps from as a Marine Security Guard ...
Andrew McDaniels

ANDREW McDANIEL

U.S. Navy Reserves, Texas

Andrew McDaniel joined the U.S. Navy Reserves to become a medical officer. It ...
Brian Hughes

BRIAN HUGHES

U.S. Army, Colorado

Brian Hughes enlisted in the Army in 1991 as an infantryman. During his time in ...
Jeffrey Hanselman

JEFFREY HANSELMAN

U.S. Air Force, Iowa

Jeffrey Hanselman worked in the Air Force as an environmental support special...
Jesse Luera

JESSE LUERA

U.S. Army, Texas

Jesse Eugene Luera enlisted in the Army as a combat medic and later, as a ...
Brian Williams

BRIAN WILLIAMS

U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves, Texas

Over the past 20 years, Brian Williams has served as a combat engineer in the ...
Amanda Vrba

AMANDA VRBA

U.S. Air Force, Colorado

Amanda Vrba worked as an Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician. ...