Honor Their Service: Operation Black Hills Cabin

Our country was built on people fighting for freedom and the freedom of generations to come. Every hour, every minute of every day, our service men and women are across the globe, putting their lives in danger for us. NewsCenter 1 would like to recognize those people and the people who advocate for them here at home.

So in this week’s edition of “Honor Their Service” we take a closer look at Operation Black Hills Cabin.

CUSTER, S.D. – Just minutes from downtown Custer, there’s a place of solitude for members of our armed forces, who need help re-connecting with their families and their life after their service.

As a retired military couple, the founders of Operation Black Hills Cabin understand the dedication and sacrifice of those who have served our country. So they wanted somewhere that younger service members from the Iraq/Afghanistan war could come and get a diversion from their normal day-to-day routine.

“We just had our 100th family here and I really believe it’s a place of respite for our active duty and wounded warriors. They can bring their families in here, have their children. The cabin, as you can see, is a little outside of the town. It’s a very peaceful place and so your family can come out here and re-integrate,” said Larry Zimmerman with OBHC. “We have 70-thousand plus veterans in South Dakota. We have 20 and 30-percent that have PTSD. We have veterans from across this nation that have been wounded. My passion is bringing them in and getting them back with their families. I know families are serving right along with them and then when they come home from deployments and have been wounded or have any issues they have, that re-integration is tough.”

This non-profit organization provides seven days of peace to the Veterans and their families at little or no cost to them.

“We think, we believe and I guess we really know that re-integration is one of the most important parts after deployments, after you’ve come home and tried to heal those wounds. Sometimes those wounds aren’t visible, but you know they’re there. So they come here, there’s no WiFi, there’s no TV. Board games, a beautiful deck with our service flag flying, and they have a week to re-integrate with their family and it’s just exciting. That’s what we’re here for. To take care of those families,” said Zimmerman.

They can also take a peaceful walk down the Healing Path where they can get some fresh air and inspirational notes along the way.

“Maybe they get to walk the path and hold the hands with their kids that they haven’t done because they have just been so tight and tense. This week gives them seven days of relaxation. This is a place to re-integrate with your family. Come to the hills and get your family back,” added Zimmerman.

If you or someone you know may be interested in visiting Operation Black Hills Cabin, click here for more information.


Categories: Custer Community Showcase, Honor Their Service, Local News, South Dakota News