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On November 11th, 1918 forces on both sides of World War I agreed to lay down arms and end the war. This day became known as Armistice Day and was widely celebrated in the United States. Several decades later, the United States faced more wars which challenged the nation and created a new generation of veterans. After the Korean War, Congress amended the Armistice Day commemoration to become Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Today, County Materials is proud to have many veterans and active military members working within our company and in our communities. Our company recognizes all military service members, past and present, and the families who support them. We also remember all those who have lost their lives in service of our country.
This Veterans Day, County Materials celebrates a tradition of service by highlighting the company’s efforts to support our nation’s veterans and active service personnel through several worthy military organizations and events in our local communities. We are also encouraging our team members and industry partners to support this tradition of service by offering suggestions on what you can do to make a difference.
In 2019, County Materials contributed to the following organizations:
-Across the Ponds Veterans Park, Iron River, WI
-Camp Hope, Farmington, MO
-Custom Canines Service Dog Academy, Sun Prairie, WI
-Easterseals Crossroads, Indianapolis, IN
-Ketchum’s Got Your Six, Madison, WI
-Little Lakes Memories, Irma, WI
-Patriot K9s of Wisconsin, Wausau, WI
-St. Croix County VFW, New Richmond, WI
-Warbird Rendezvous, Mosinee, WI
-Wilderness Veterans Memorial Flame Foundation, Presque Isle, WI
These organizations were strategically selected for their efforts in supporting veterans and military personnel with employment skills training programs, service dogs, memorials and building projects, family and recreational camps, housing assistance, PTSD treatment services, and related contributions.
What Can You Do?
Volunteer. Call your local veterans center and ask about volunteer opportunities. Advocate for wounded service members. Call or write your congressional representatives or senators and urge them to make injured service members a legislative priority. Keep your ears open for advocacy alerts with opportunities to sign petitions, write letters, and more. Help raise awareness. Even the simplest efforts can make a difference. Help spread the word about the needs of wounded service members in your home community. Honor service members. If you know a service member, thank them for their service and sacrifices.
Patriot K9s of Wisconsin | Wausau, WI
Each day an average of 20 U.S. military veterans take their own lives. Military veterans and their families often deal with the challenge of post-traumatic stress disorder when loved ones return from deployments. Sadly, our Wisconsin veterans are not immune. Patriot K9s of Wisconsin is trying to change these statistics and fulfill its mission to train society’s cast-away shelter dogs and partner them with our honorable disabled military veterans.
Since 2017, Patriot K9s has trained qualified military veterans and shelter dogs, at no cost to veterans, to create certified service dog teams, specifically addressing the effects of PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury & Military Sexual Trauma.
Patriot K9s is devoted to helping disabled veterans and shelter dogs get a second chance at life. Patriot K9s has created more than 35 service dog teams. Upon graduation from the program, the veteran and canine become a highly trained certified service dog team.
Patriot K9s receives funding from County Materials’ annual charity golf outing. To demonstrate the company’s Vision of Success, Stability and Support, County Materials is contributing to military personnel and veteran support services in communities where the company has locations.
Our Giving in Action
Patriot K9s works with veterans and shelter dogs to change lives every day. One of the many veteran spouses wrote explaining her experience this way: “You have brought my husband back to me and a father back to my kids. Every day I see more and more changes that I didn’t know were possible. I was hoping time would heal his suffering.... Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
U.S. Army Veteran Jorge: “It was kind of hard to talk to people for a long time. Because I was just so angry with everybody. After 11 years of therapy and anger management groups, honestly, this is like a miracle. I can do the things they talked about in therapy but never thought I could. He (his service canine) can tell when I’m starting to get anxious or having a flashback. He automatically comes closer to me and puts his paws on me.”
“Anyone who has a chance to do this – do it! The truth is you’re not broken. You have a lot to offer.”
Little Lakes Memories facilitates hunts and outdoor experiences for those with disabilities, including injured military personnel and veterans. Located in Irma, Wisconsin this non-profit has provided lasting memories for many families from all over the United States. In 2016, Little Lakes Memories offered 242 nights of respite stays at their Little Lakes Ranch.
In addition to the hunts and respite stays at the lodge, Little Lakes also conducts numerous other charitable activities, including awarding scholarships, raising money for the Special Olympics, and toy drives. All of their funding comes from donations, raffles, fundraisers, benefits and grants from organizations.
Little Lakes Memories receives funding from County Materials’ annual charity golf outing. To demonstrate the company’s Vision of Success, Stability and Support, County Materials is contributing to military personnel and veteran support services in communities where the company has locations.
Our Giving in Action
U.S. Army veteran Tom Goodrich and his wife, Colleen, came to Little Lakes Lodge for a deer hunt in 2016. Tom was a sniper for the United States Army and had been severely wounded in Afghanistan 10 years prior. A Blackhawk helicopter airlifted him out of the area, and he resided in multiple hospitals for months to recover from his injuries. He was on oxygen and legally blind. These considerable disadvantages did not stop him from bagging a rare piebald deer. He truly enjoyed his stay at the lodge.
Herb Reiten is a serviceman who benefited from a cherished visit to Little Lakes Lodge. A Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ranger from 1969 to 1970 as a boiler operator, Reiten noticed an unusual stiffness in his legs when he was 35. At first, the condition made it difficult for him to lift his leg and grew increasingly worse. Reiten was eventually diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSP), a relatively rare neurological disorder causing progressive stiffness and contraction in the lower limbs. Due to the relentless progression of the incurable disease, Reiten was no longer able to participate in one of his favorite activities, the annual Wisconsin deer hunt. For several years he was limited to hunting from a vehicle, but even that became impossible. Reiten accepted an invitation to go on a deer hunt at Little Lakes Lodge, where he successfully harvested a 13-point buck. A grateful Reiten has repeatedly said the experience is one he will remember for the rest of his life.
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