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Program Structure

Each expedition consists of three phases and contains the core concepts of the No Barriers Life, making a meaningful pledge, and a focus on the past, present, and future.

Phase I: THOROUGH PREPARATION

The purpose of this phase is to introduce participants to the No Barriers Life, set expectations for the experience, prepare them for growth and administratively enroll participants.

We do this through a series of interactions with the participants via phone, e-mail, a mailed welcome packet, and team conference calls. At the end of this phase, each participant has a clear, realistic understanding of the experience (itinerary, logistics, leaders, etc.), is familiar with the No Barriers Life, and is prepared for growth.


Phase II: TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE

The purpose of this phase is to provide participants the opportunity to experience the No Barriers Life in a safe environment and allow them to transform the way they perceive themselves, their barriers, and their futures. We create opportunities for participants to grow and stretch boundaries in challenging environments while encouraging them to reflect on their past, recognize their present situation, and explore future possibilities. Through a series of exercises, we encourage participants to share their experiences, discuss their barriers, and support and learn from each other. We focus on the future by asking participants to set a goal to do something meaningful when they return home – their pledge. We focus on the future by asking participants to set a goal to do something meaningful when they return home – their pledge.

At the end of the phase, participants have experienced the No Barriers Life, have tools to live a No Barriers Life, and are better prepared to thrive in their communities – focused on the future.


Phase III: MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT

The purpose of this phase is to empower alumni to live a No Barriers Life. We do this by refining the pledge our alumni set during their experience; creating and executing a plan of action; working with the veteran to ensure completion of their pledge; and ensure they remain an active member of the No Barriers Community. At the end of this phase alumni have achieved their pledge, have received required support to live a No Barriers Life, and are a member of the No Barriers Community.

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. ...