"WHY WOULD THEY BE SO KIND?"
It was a question a disabled veteran asked about the people and businesses in Custer and surrounding communities in South Dakota, who help make these respites possible.
Founded in 2011 by a retired military couple, OPERATION BLACK HILLS CABIN is located in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. It's purpose is to offer a week-long respite, to qualifying wounded veterans from the Iraq/Afghanistan campaigns, and their families, at little or no expense to them.
It provides a therapeutic environment to assist qualifying combat-injured veterans with their rehabilitation from their traumatic and stressful experiences, while serving the interest of our Nation. It also provides an opportunity for the disabled veterans to reacquaint themselves with their family in a quiet, peaceful and leisurely environment, far away from the stress and daily routine which has now become their "new normal". See "Frequently Asked Questions" tab (FAQ) for more information.
Inspired by the Oprah Winfrey Show "The Bravest Families in America"
Watch OUR STORY made possible by the SD Community Foundation. Go to the ABOUT US, IN THE NEWS tab to learn more about OBHC through other informative stories and newscasts!
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019. Get your application and supporting documentation to us as soon as possible for first choice of dates. Weeks from mid-May through September, 2019 are available.
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Operation Black Hills Cabin
PO Box 855
Custer, SD 57730
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
97 FAMILIES FROM 33 DIFFERENT STATES
have experienced OPERATION BLACK HILLS CABIN. "It's a Healing Place!"
FROM ONE OF OUR 2017 HOSTED FAMILIES:
"YES, my husband's military career ended with his final injuries. YES, we lost his way of making a living. YES, I had to quit my job to be his full-time caregiver. YES, he's a different father now. BUT, that does not define us. We are so much more. We are driving a UTV through mud getting filthy. We are playing a board game while laughing so hard we are crying. We are walking down the streets of Custer or Hill City while eating ice cream cones. We are ordering something different at the many great restaurants and trying each other's food. THANK YOU for this week. You gave us back to us."
CUSTER HONORED AS 2015 PHILANTHROPIC COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR!
THANK YOU to all Thrivent members for their generous donations of their CHOICE DOLLARS! You have helped us make a positive impact on our very deserving wounded veterans and families! Don't let your Choice Dollars expire on March 31st! Please keep us in mind. For more information call 800-847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" or visit www.thrivent.com.