With more than 2 million combat-wounded veterans in the U.S. today and more than 42,000 wounded in the war on terror alone, we all need to do more show our gratitude for their service. One way that you can do that is to donate to Camp Hope, a retreat in the eastern Ozarks of Missouri. About 70 miles from St. Louis, it provides free outdoor adventures to combat-wounded veterans of the war on terror as well as to active-duty, combat-wounded soldiers, marines, airmen, and sailors.
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"After an EID explosion blinded me I knew my life would not be the same. I thought I would never be able to participate in the activities I enjoyed before fighting overseas. Then I spent a weekend at Camp Hope and now all that has changed. Thank you, Camp Hope." --- Army Capt. Joe Bogart
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Camp Hope was created on the 170-acre Chris Neal farm by William "Mike" and Galia White to honor the memory of their son, Pfc. Christopher Neal white, a 23-year-old marine killed in action on June 20, 2006, in Al Anbar, Iraq. It offers hunting, fishing, hiking, exploring, and four-wheeling, as well as solace and a place to help heal, in a scenic area of winding streams, tall trees, and granite boulders. During turkey and hunting seasons, its guests can enjoy hunting trips and lodging in handicapped-accessible cabins that conform to standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Built through the generosity of donations, the 2,000-square foot lodge features a common room, kitchen, mess hall area, and plenty of living space. It provides space for veterans and soldiers to share experiences and to meet donors and friends.
To learn more and to donate, go here.