CoBank/No Barriers Warriors Information for Customers
America’s rural communities are home to millions of men and women who have served in our armed forces, many of whom are living with a disability. CoBank has partnered with No Barriers to honor and support these veterans.
With your help, CoBank will identify and sponsor up to 50 veterans with disabilities from rural communities to take part in one of four, multi-day No Barriers expeditions and an additional group to the annual No Barriers Summit. These experiences offer veterans more than just a mountain vacation. They provide an opportunity to challenge limitations – both real and perceived – and to create a network of support that can last a lifetime. Experiences include
- CoBank will sponsor two moderate-level expeditions that will take place June 26 and July 10. These 5-day basecamp expeditions will involve rafting, rock climbing and trekking activities. Activities are specifically designed to accommodate participation by veterans with a wide array of disabilities.
- Two backcountry expeditions will be offered July 17 and 24. These 6-day backcountry expeditions will involve a more physically challenging, backcountry itinerary and a mountain summit attempt. One expedition will be moderate level and one will be difficult.
- The annual No Barriers Summit will take place September 18 in San Francisco. This opportunity is suitable for veterans of all ability levels.
If selected for the CoBank/No Barriers program, CoBank will cover all costs for the participating veteran, including travel expenses.
Nominating a Veteran
CoBank customers may nominate/refer an unlimited number of veterans from their communities for participation. Combat-wounded or training-injured veterans with a VA disability rating are eligible for the program. Nominees may be from any branch of service. Nominations will be accepted January 13- April 15, 2020. However, the program will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis so it is important for customers to submit their nominations, and veterans to complete their applications, as soon as possible. CoBank will notify customers if their nominee is selected for an expedition and the full team for each expedition will be announced the week before the event.
To nominate a veteran, please fill out the brief nomination form, providing one copy to CoBank and one copy to the veteran. Please be sure to point the veteran to the No Barriers page on CoBank.com for additional information about the program, or provide them with a printed copy of our Veteran Information sheet. In order to be considered for an expedition, veterans must complete the CoBank/No Barriers application.
If a veteran does not have internet access, he or she can contact Kelsey Walsh at No Barriers at 719-510-6885 for assistance. Once applications are received, nominees will be contacted by No Barriers to begin the next steps in the process. Additional information about No Barriers and its veterans (Warriors) expeditions may be found on the No Barriers website.
Please ensure nominees complete only the CoBank/No Barriers program application. No Barriers has other corporate partners who sponsor other expedition programs throughout the year. This will ensure that they are considered for the CoBank program specifically.