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CalARVC to Offer Free Sites to Returning Vets?

CalARVC logoThe board of directors of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) may undertake what it is calling “Operation Reconnect” to help U.S. armed forces upon their return from overseas deployment.

In today’s (July 14) issue of Coffee Talk & Updates, CalARVC outlines its proposal to help the vets returning from active duty.

According to the article, California has thousands of military personnel deployed overseas. When these personnel return home after a year or longer, it is often very difficult for them to “reintegrate” with their family. The military branches have even established a “reintegration” program for these men and women that includes counseling and special services. “Operation Reconnect” would utilize camping as the main tool to help these families reconnect. In addition to providing a valuable service for our military, this activity would also provide valuable elements to our association.soldier

What Operation Reconnect hopes to achieve:

For military personnel:

For individual campgrounds:

For CalARVC:

For Camp-California Marketing:

Operation: Reconnect – The basic program components:

Donations are solicited from campers and corporate sponsors. These funds are used to host military families at participating RV parks and campgrounds in a rental RV or a park model for a period of one week. The family can choose to stay at a participating park for a full week, or stay at a combination of parks along a route that totals 7 nights.

Procedurally, the newly formed 501(c)3 company will receive requests from qualified military personnel and then facilitate their request matching their needs to available campgrounds and resources.

While discounting or comping your sites is not required to participate, doing so will greatly extend the reach of the program and the contributions received to serve more military families.

CalARVC is surveying its membership to gauge their interest in the proposal.

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