Category : In The Media


Camp Liberty Pond Nears Completion

We wish to thank everyone who helped this major undertaking at Camp Liberty. Next to the soon to be installed Ray Tover Terrace patio by Unilock, I believe the pond will provide the second most successful impact area on the property. We will have some more photos forth coming, including some wonderful drone footage by Bill Day and the folks at CRC.
 
The east half of the pond was designed to provide a 17-18′ deep section for the fish. The western half runs about 4-7′ deep and will provide much needed shallows for waterfowl and a fish spawning area along the warmer northwest side of the pond. There are two small refuge islands for waterfowl to nest on. We look to get a dual purpose accessible fishing dock installed that will convert to a waterfowl observation and hunting blind along the north shore.
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The pond will be the site of future fly fishing, baitcast, spincast, and spinning fishing classes, along with duck and goose calling, photography, family picnics, and just good old fashion fun.
 
A very special “Thank you” goes to Michigan Cat, the Operating Engineers 324, and all the donors and volunteers who helped make this wonderful addition to the Camp Liberty property possible. Also, thanks to MJA Graphics for taking on stocking the pond this summer when we finally have it ready.
 
Please consider coming out to help us on our Conservation Day, May 6th, 2017 and seeing the pond. Wear some blue jeans or work boots as Allan Lutes will be sending out the volunteers in small work groups to tackle a list of projects around the property. Volunteers of all abilities are welcome. From registration check-in, to cooking, to cutting up and stacking fire wood, there’s a lot to do.

In the News!

Rick Briggs has a 4th of July Veteran Talk Radio interview about Camp Liberty, the Eisenhower Center and how other sponsors and donors were involved.  

The opening interview is 17 1/2 minutes long and discusses Camp Liberty programs and why it created.  Then we cover how the Eisenhower Center, the DG Foundation and others helped with the building of our facilities and how Kroger sponsored ourr BBQs all year.  Then we disucssed how the Operating Engineers and Michigan Cat helped with the pond,  how ITC sponsored our Action Track Chairs, the up-coming “Open House” on July 29th and a new state wide project Rick is working on and hopes to announce in the near future. 
 
Near the end of the broadcast is an old John Wayne recording of what America means to him, good to listen to also. Thanks to all that are trying to make a difference in our Veterans and service member family’s quality of life. They are paid so little for what they are asked to do… enjoy, and “thanks” again.

http://veteransradio.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/VRP070217.mp3

 

Midwest Motorcyclist features Camp Liberty’s Crusader Motorcycle and Raffle.

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Suburban Interview with Rick Briggs and the Eisenhower Center

Fox 2 News Veteran’s Day interview with Rick Briggs and other Veterans that help with CAMP LIBERTY.

Michigan Paralyzed Veterans honor those who served

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Camp Liberty dedicates new lodge – Camp ready to help veterans in need!

Read about Camp Liberty’s dedication of our new lodge at our open house in August.

Camp Liberty Dedicates New Lodge

 

 

 

Firekeeper 400

Nearly 200 vets and their families enjoyed a great day of racing at the FireKeepers Casino 400 race at MIS Speedway in Jackson, MI.  Good weather and a fun to watch race where the highlights of the day.  This family sent Camp Liberty this picture and offered a big “Thank You” for the tickets that Camp Liberty got for them.  A big thanks for serving the country!!

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Camp Liberty received the following thank you letter from another Veteran who took her grandfather to the FireKeepers Casino 400 race.  We are very pleased she and her grandfather enjoyed the day.

“Hello,

I wanted to thank whomever donated the tickets for the race! I took my grandpa and we had a blast! He’s still telling everyone about it! We even got to see a friend of ours that works for NASCAR. We got to tour the garage, meet the crew chief of car he works on and the owner of the car! We got pictures with multi cars! 

I will definitely remember it for the rest of my life! 

Thank you very much

Jessica”


Atlas Roofing is a big supporter of Camp Liberty

Atlas Roofing from Grand Rapids, MI has become a major donor to Camp Liberty with multiple gifts of building suppliers for new Lodge.  The plant manager of their insulation plant has been very supportive of the project, and different divisions of their company donated floor insulation, wall sheathing plus insulation, roof sheathing plus insulation, and all the roofing materials for the Lodge.   We dared to ask them to donate again, and they stepped up and provided all of the roofing materials for the storage building as well.   The value of their donation is about $35K.  Their plant manager and PR team visited Camp Liberty and wrote this article and put it in their internal company newsletter.  Camp Liberty is really appreciative for Atlas Roofing’s support.  Please review that article and read about several disabled vets who have experienced some of the resources offered by Camp Liberty.

Atlas Roofing’s Camp Liberty Article


Students from St. Paul Lutheran School make a generous donation to Camp Liberty

St Pauls Lutheran School Kids

Link to these kids letters to our veterans:

Donations from the Ann Arbor Lutheran School Letters

Lori Lewis is a teacher at St. Pauls Lutheran School in Ann Arbor and has a son currently serving in the US military.   During a late January service project that included her students, she chose Camp Liberty as the charity they wanted to support.   They found our website and signed up through our donor registration portal.  Camp Liberty was not sure what they had done, but was pleasantly surprised at their generosity and thoughtfulness.  The kids and the teaching staff actually collected items that can be used as supplies for our new lodge or given to vets who needed some of the personal care items.  There are many items that can be used at the lodge for when Camp Liberty holds organized events or when we have veterans spending the evening.

Besides the gifts, each child personally hand wrote a note to our veterans and they really tug at your heart.  It is so refreshing that a group of kids appreciate what our veterans are doing for America.  Our intent is to share the notes with veterans when they visit our lodge.
Thanks to Lori Lewis and her kids at St. Paul Lutheran School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.