The Disabled Veterans Rest Camp (aka Veterans Campground) is a year-round camp that has been providing rest and recovery for military veterans in an outdoor environment since 1926. The majority of those served have military-related disabilities or handicaps. The camp provides activities and programs such as hiking, fishing, picnics, swimming, and annual patriotic programs that bring veterans together for recovery. The camp is also open to the families and friends of veterans, as often when children are missing a parent due to military service—and sometimes it is their only parent—they do not have the same opportunities for outdoor and land stewardship activities. Additionally, not all veterans have families in which to share their experiences. Also, disabled adult and children's groups like Gone Fishing, and from the VA hospital and Minnesota Veterans Homes, attend events at this handicap-friendly camp. This camp reaches all ages, races, and abilities, as service to our nation and disabilities affect without discrimination.
As the only designated Yellow Ribbon camp in the U.S., the Disabled Veterans Rest Camp Association board of directors works with the entire community in meeting not only the needs of veterans, but also to provide community members the opportunity to join us in volunteerism for the care and recovery of our nation's military veterans as a way of bringing them ALL THE WAY HOME.