Operation Black Hills Cabin looking to keep mission alive

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Custer, (KEVN-TV) Operation Black Hills Cabin, located in Custer, is looking to give wounded veterans and their families a beautiful vacation in the Southern Hills.
A few board members traveled to our nation's capital last month to attend the Hidden Heroes Coalition.

Pat Baird, President of Operation Black Hills Cabin said, "We live in paradise and so we thought that this would be a great opportunity for these young families that you know, are finding themselves in all of this turmoil and not knowing where to go with it."

Operation Black Hills Cabin is a non–profit organization whose mission is to provide a comfortable, peaceful, and supportive break with fun activities for veterans and their loved ones.

Ione Fejfar, Board of Directors Member said, "The one week that we provide them is their chance to try to find that healing and to reconnect with each other and their families and that's kind of the beginning for them to find their new–normal and adjust to that."

Disabled veterans from all over the country travel to the Black Hills, in order to reconnect with one another during difficult times.

Fejfar said, "You feel so humbled and grateful to be able to play a role in that and to be available and to provide this respite for these families."

Last month, Board Members traveled to Washington D.C., after being invited by a Dole Caregiver Fellow, to attend the for Hidden Heroes Coalition put on by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.
The event focused on uplifting military and veteran caregivers by strengthening the services afforded to them through innovation and collaboration.

Fejfar said, "To go to a summit like what we did in Washington D.C. just made us more aware of how great it is that us as well as the community of Custer, Hot Springs, Rapid, and Hill City, all the businesses and all that, that have jumped on board with us, that this is, you know we're so proud of our community for stepping up to the plate."

For more information on Operation Black Hills Cabin, or for details on how you can become a volunteer, visit www.operationblackhillscabin.org.