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Camp honors kids of fallen, wounded service members

Camp honors kids of fallen, wounded service members

DECKERS, Colo. - This week the YMCA Camp Shady Brook in Deckers was transformed to a camp for a unique group of visitors.

The campers are children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members.  

"Some of them deal with loss and grief, and they take on a lot of responsibility and we honor them as our heroes," said Laura Peterson, the program director.  "They are strong kids. They've gone through a lot."

On Friday, the last day of camp, the kids played some of their favorite outdoor activities and mingled with their new friends.  Abigail Robinson explained how the bond she made with friends at camp is different from her friends at school.

"If someone was injured or something, I tell them what happens and I'm not afraid to express my feelings," she said.

Dominick Dwyer, 13, couldn't pick his favorite part of camp.

"Everything," he said. "Just everything."

Dwyer's dad is a wounded soldier.

"My mom is helping him. We're trying all we can so I got sent here," he said.  "It's OK. He's gotten used to it. He can still do what he wants. It's just a little bit limited."

Petersen said the camp is meant to take the kids' minds off of the worries at home and just let them be kids.  The camp is sponsored by Golden Corral.

The Camp Corral kids were featured as KRDO NewsChannel 13's Wear Red Friday heroes. If you know someone who deserves to be recognized, you can nominate them here.

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