What you will learn:

In this moving and personal session, Former Navy SEAL Lieutenant Commander Dan Cnossen will tell the story of the midnight mission in Afghanistan that changed his life forever. Dan Cnossen is now a gold medal-winning Paralympian in cross country skiing and will provide an in-depth perspective of what it means to be a disabled veteran and elite athlete. Dan will share his truth of trying to access care, and tell the story about how he has to balance what is "provided" for him, and the gaps that exist in order to feel fulfilled in life and to thrive in his sport. In this session participants will learn some basics like the distinction between active duty and veteran status, but will also get insight into the complex experience of navigating work and life post service, and post traumatic injury.

About the instructor:

Dan Cnossen was raised on a fifth-generation family farm in Topeka, Kansas. After successfully completing SEAL qualification training in 2003, he deployed numerous times in support of global special operations. As a SEAL platoon commander, he was severely injured in 2009 in Afghanistan, resulting in the amputation of both legs above the knees. Turning to sport for recovery, Cnossen began training full-time for the U.S. Paralympic ski team in 2011 as a cross-country skier and biathlete. He has since competed for Team USA in the 2014 and 2018 Winter Games and is the first male athlete to win a gold medal for the United States in biathlon, a sport that combines cross-country skiing with precision shooting. Cnossen holds a bachelor of science degree in English from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a master’s in theological studies from the Harvard Divinity School.
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Suggested Length:60 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
Available Formats:
  • Keynote Followed by Q&A
  • Lecture with Discussion
  • Interactive Workshop

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