National Ability Center to honor veterans during annual luncheon |

National Ability Center to honor veterans during annual luncheon

Since the National Ability Center’s start, helping veterans has been near the top of the organization’s goals.

So with Veterans Day around the corner, the center is getting ready for its eighth annual “Saluting Our Heroes” luncheon. The event is set to take place on Nov. 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, and it is open to the public.

Tanya Boland, spokesperson for the center, said the main goal of the event is to honor active military service members and veterans and let them know the resources available to them at the NAC.

“We recognize the incredible service that active duty provides on a daily basis, and also honor those veterans who have sacrificed so much,” Boland said.

There will be a keynote address from Purple Heart war hero Lt. Col. Tres Smith, a retired U.S. Marine Corps member. Boland said he plans to speak about his recovery from six bullet wounds while serving. She said he had “visible and invisible wounds,” and he wants to let other veterans and active military members know that both of those injuries take a lot of patience and time to heal.

The National Ability Center offers several programs for veterans and active military members, including an equine assisted learning program that utilizes horse therapy.

Representatives from Utah’s government and the center’s business and community partners will be in attendance, Boland said. The luncheon is free, but donations are appreciated. To RSVP for the event, visit

An earlier version of this story misstated the date of the luncheon as Nov. 9. The correct date is Nov. 7.

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