Learn more about the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge "Vulneror Non-Vincor" Wounded, not Conquered.

The Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge improves the lives of our wounded and injured Veterans through rehabilitative high-adventure and therapeutic outdoor challenges while furthering the physiological, biomedical and pathological sciences associated with their injuries.

This photo of the CWVC team shortly after they ascended from the bottom of the Grand Canyon earlier this year in June.

The CWVC Team is the first Amputee and Tramtic Brain Injury(TBI) group to trek in and out of the Grand Canyon (verified by Grand Canyon National Park authorities).

The team took the Grandview Trail down, continued on the Tonto Trail to the Colorado River and then proceeded towards the mouth of the Escalante River. The total trek was 35 miles in six days.

Presenting The Honorable Eric K. Shineski, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with a Summit Flag from 2013 Kilimanjaro Expedition.


Nothing less than heroes, the men and women of our nation's military forces travel abroad to serve and protect. Staring danger right in the eyes, they do not shy away from the sword and, so many times, return home wounded. The Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge focuses on the rehabilitation of our returning heroes experiencing physical and psychological injuries by involving them in Challenge expeditions designed to address their specific injuries or condition. The annual Packrafting Challenge Expeditions in Alaska, for example, are designed to study the impact of wilderness experience and isolation on PTSD and TBI treatment. The first-ever field research into PTSD and TBI treatment was conducted during the Packrafting Challenge – 2012, and studied both wounded and control Veterans, collecting quantitative and qualitative metrics in medications, counseling, stability, well-being, physical and emotional exertion, nutrition, sleep patterns, anxiety suppression, stimulation and environmental stress. Delayed research continues and is currently being conducted to include pre- and post-expedition studies to determine the efficacy of wilderness experiences in PTSD and TBI treatment.

Click here to read the 2013 Kilimanjaro Expedition Research Report

The Explorers Club flag represents a history of courage and accomplishment and has been carried on hundreds of expeditions since 1918. Any member of the Club approved to carry the flag is required upon return to issue, in hardcopy, an official Flag Report, fulfilling a fundamental part of the Club's mission: To engage in scientific exploration and share the results.

Today, there are 202 numbered flags. While a select few have been retired for preservation, and others have been lost to the ravages of Nature and the Postal Service, the rest are carried and returned, in rotation, as they have been over the last hundred years on ever-new voyages of exploration.

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