Children of fallen soldiers gather for fun, healing

CREATED Jun 26, 2014

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CAMPBELLSPORT - More than a hundred children whose loved ones have died while fighting for our country are attending Camp Hometown Heroes, which is in its second year.  Last year, 62 kids from 14 states attended the camp. 

"This year we’ve grown tremendously with the support of thousands of local contributors and we have 104 kids from 22 different states," said Neil Willenson, co-founder of the camp and VP of Community Relations at Kapco Metal Stamping.
The camp focuses on both fun and healing.
"For the first time for many of these children, this is an opportunity for them to be with other children who say, 'Me too, I understand.  I lost my father.  I lost my brother'."
The camp experience can be liberating, empowering, and transformative for the children and the volunteers.
"What breaks my heart is that there's no way we can ever, ever fill the void that these children are going to experience.  Who's going to walk these little girls down the aisle when they're grown women?  Who's going to take them to the daddy-daughter dance?  It's a lifelong permanent sacrifice these children made for our country and there is no way we can bring their loved ones back," said Willenson. 
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