Operation Lead from the Front

Operation Lead from the Front 

Welcome to Operation Lead from the Front, includes 2 transformative programs – GRIT and Battle Buddies – that empower veterans and adaptive athletes within our community to redefine what is possible. Our mission is to create a supportive environment where veterans can make a meaningful impact through various activities that foster camaraderie, resilience, and a shared commitment to overcoming challenges. 

GRIT Program

Join local military veterans for special, monthly adaptive classes and events. Led by IM ABLE Founder, Chris Kaag, vets and civilians will enjoy functional fitness classes and organized recreational activities including kayaking, hiking, and more. This program is for all levels. 

For more information, please visit: imablefoundation.org/group-fitness-classes

Battle Buddies

Our Battle Buddies program is a unique initiative that pairs veterans with adults and youth with disabilities in the community. Throughout the 3-month program, Battle Buddies embark on a journey together, forming a strong bond and working as a team to redefine what is possible. This commitment involves 1-2 hours a week, including one-on-one activities, special events, community engagement, and group training sessions.

Program Highlights:

  • Team Collaboration: Battle Buddies work together, challenging and holding each other accountable.
  • Mission to Redefine Possible: Through shared experiences, participants create a mission to break barriers and achieve new heights.
  • Community Involvement: Engage in one-on-one activities, special events, and community initiatives that make a positive impact.

Veteran Mentorship: Before becoming a mentor in the Battle Buddies program, veterans undergo a thorough application process. Mandatory training sessions empower veterans with the skills and awareness needed to mentor their buddies effectively. Disability training ensures that mentors understand and empathize with the daily challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.

Application Process:

  • Applications for Battle Buddies open in May, 2024
  • Summer Program: July – September
  • Winter Program: January – March

Operation Lead from the Front is more than a program; it’s a commitment to building strong communities where everyone, regardless of challenges, can lead fulfilling lives. Join us on this extraordinary journey of empowerment and redefine what is possible.

For more information, please email Program Director, Becky Rennix at becky@imablefoundation.org.






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