Posted BY: Colonel Deborah Hanagan
Everyone’s probably heard of the Wounded Warrior Project, but there are other veteran support efforts that deserve similar recognition and acknowledgment, even if they are quite small. Operation Black Hills Cabin in Custer, South Dakota is one of them.
One family said, “We would like to thank Operation Black Hills Cabin, the donors, and the people of Custer. Your generosity and the love you have for veterans and their families are incredibly touching.” Another family said, “This was a life-changing experience… it was exactly the family respite we needed to disconnect and reconnect.” A third said, “My family was blown away by how this community comes together to support and provide us and every veteran and family this opportunity.” These families are referring to the week they had just spent in the Black Hills of South Dakota thanks to Operation Black Hills Cabin (OBHC).
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It is a longstanding value within the U.S. Armed Forces that the military takes care of its own. But sometimes veterans and their families need care and support long after they leave active duty. While the Veterans Administration has provided critical medical care to veterans who are combat wounded as a consequence of deployment on military operations in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a multitude of non-profit organizations have sprung up to aid veterans over the long term.