The Veterans of Foreign Wars wrapping up fundraising to send vets to camp
MEDFORD -- For the past five years, the Jacksonville post of the VFW has been sending wounded veterans to camp.
They spend the spring fundraising to take vets up to Joseph, Oregon to fish, hike, and hunt. Bill Travis said the number of campers is growing every year, doubling from 35 to almost 75 vets this summer.
"The first vet that we took over he'd gotten shot and was paralyzed. And he spoke about how when he got back he was really in a down spiral. He would drink booze all day and end up all night with a gun to his head," he said.
Travis said now that vet has a family, and is on the board for Veterans of Foreign Wars. He said after one triple-amputee visited Divide Camp in Joseph, he became a motivational speaker.
"It changed his life. And he's changing the lives of others. I see what he went through to get to where he is now and how positive he is," Travis said.
Travis said the camp provides a natural support group for those recovering from war.
"They're with fellows who have been through the same thing and they realize they're not the only one going through this. And they can also talk to fellow veterans that have been through it and tell them there is light at the other end of the tunnel there for them," he said.
The fundraising season wraps up this Memorial Day Weekend with a barbecue in the Applegate. It starts with a breakfast and lasts through the day.
Last year, the breakfast alone raised almost $1,000. For more information on how you can donate just go to www.dividecamp.org.