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Operation Black Hills Cabin

Benefit Category: Federal

Operation Black Hills Cabin

A non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a comfortable, peaceful, and supportive respite with exciting recreational activities to qualifying veterans and their families in a leisurely environment.

PO Box 855
Custer, SD 57730
605-517-1830
e-mail: operationblackhillscabin@gmail.com

Newsletter: Cabin Clips

Founded in 2011 by a retired military couple, OPERATION BLACK HILLS CABIN is located in the beautiful Black Hills. It's purpose is to offer a week long respite to qualifying wounded veterans and their families, from the Iraq/Afghanistan campaign, at little or no expense to them, except for transportation. They offer a variety of events throughout the year, like cookoffs, hikes, and fishing tournaments.

It provides a therapeutic environment to assist qualifying veterans who were combat injured in their rehabilitation from their traumatic and stressful experiences, while serving the interest of our Nation. It also provides a constructive opportunity to the disabled veterans to reacquaint themselves with their family in a quiet and leisurely environment. See "Frequently Asked Questions" for more information.

Our one-week respite in our 1,200 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom, fully furnished and fully handicap accessible cabin includes no television or computer; only board games, puzzles, playing cards and outdoor games that our families can enjoy together. In addition, they are provided with coupons for free meals, free admission to many popular Black Hills attractions and many other recreational opportunities due to the generosity of our many partners. They are able to enjoy as many, or as few, activities as they would like or as their injuries allow. These families can not bear the burden of all the planning or expense to put together an outing such as this. We offer them the opportunity to reconnect, have some "fun" and create priceless memories of their quality time together.

How do I qualify?
Military service in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, or Operation New Dawn; Combat injured with a minimum of 30% (copies of award letter and DD Form 214 or current PCS orders are required with application). Medal of honor recipients from OEF, OIF, and OND. Warrior Transition Unit Members (with required documentation). To apply, visit their website for an application.

Operation Black Hills Cabin is also looking for volunteers, and accepts donations. For information on becoming a volunteer, click here. For donation information, click here.

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).