By Nancy Pine, Case Manager, VETcare Transitional Program
In July, our Veterans at the VETcare Transitional Program in Salem had the opportunity to go on a rafting trip on the Santiam River in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Mark Buchholz, Chairman, and Founder of Honoring Heroes, a local support organization for Veterans and active military members, coordinated with Freeman River Sports, LLC to provide a trip that our Vets would never forget. The weather was perfect and the experience was amazing for all who were able to attend.
Oregon was hit by wildfires last year and the area that we rafted in was an affected area. We were able to see the progress that was made by not only the individuals who live in the area but what Mother Nature can do to heal itself in such a short amount of time.
After the rafting trip, Honoring Heroes treated our Veterans to dinner at a local pizza parlor where everyone was able to relax after a busy day on the river and talk about an experience that many had never had the opportunity to do before.
Thank you, Honoring Heroes and Freeman River Sports for an experience that will not be soon forgotten!