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With the Paralympics taking place attention has turned to skiers with a disability. A new charity is helping injured ex-military people. PlanetSKI has been with them this week in Klosters.

First posted Tuesday March 11, 2014 - Videos updated March 15th, 2014

The charity aims to not only help ex- service personnel enjoy skiing, but also to help them re-build any lost self-esteem and, most importantly, it helps them get back to work.

They do not help people still in the armed forces, but rather veterans; some of whom many have been forgotten about.

It is where it differs from the Help for Heroes as it deals with people who have left the military and are back trying to develop in civilian life.

Of the 15 people on the inaugural course last winter 6 have found full-time employment with the help of Skiing with Heroes.

This week in Klosters there are 19 people, 17 men and 2 women, either re-discovering skiing or trying it for the first time.

One of the beneficiaries last year was Scottie who is back again, and this time he is helping out and working for the charity.

He was injured while serving in Bosnia and subsequently lost a leg.

One of the ambassadors for the charity is Martin Hewitt.

He was injured in Afghanistan.

So, how did Skiing with Heroes all come about?

One of the founders and a trustee of the charity is Gilly Norton.

With the Paralympics underway in Sochi and the medal success of the British ski team it is expected more ex-servicemen and women will show an interest in skiing.

Skiing for Heroes is there to help them. 

For more information on the charity and how you can help out then see its web site here.

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