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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Carlisle veterans groups target golf cart donation for Leek Preserve



Transporting supplies and equipment at the Leek Hunting and Mountain Preserve is a little easier these days, thanks to a golf cart provided by two local veterans groups.

Donated by Vietnam Vets Post 1 and Marine Corps League Detachment 524, both of Carlisle, the golf cart sports the logos of the two sponsoring organizations and was presented June 10 to Leek camp officials.

Leek is a camp for disabled veterans located in Oswayo, Potter County, in northern Pennsylvania.

According to its website, Leek offers “outdoor hunting, fishing and recreational experiences to our disabled veterans.” Its mission is for veterans “to focus on their abilities, without compromising their current physical limitations,” the website states.

Richard Adams, who coordinated the project along with Roy Glossner and Bob Garman, said the golf cart will be used for maintaining the property and transporting luggage when families visit the camp.

He said “great support from our commanders and the organizations” made the effort a success.

A member of both Vietnam Vets Post 1 and Marine Corps League Detachment 524, Adams said special vehicles enable campers to get into the woods, but a golf cart was needed for more routine tasks around the property.

“A track vehicle is like a big wheelchair with triangular or tank-type wheels for gripping (the ground),” he said. “Most (camp members) are amputees, and these vehicles get them around and they can feel normal. They can go into the mountains and go hunting and fishing.

“But a golf cart will work nicely on the flat grounds for maintenance and all the things they need to do there. Marine Corps League and Vietnam Vets teamed up, and we split the cost (of the golf cart) and some other costs related to it, and we made it happen.”

Adams said he learned of the need for a golf cart from members of Vietnam Vets Post 1 and Marine Corps League Detachment 524 who volunteered at Leek camp.

“A number of our vets have gone up and helped open up trails there,” he said. “Through that involvement, the need was evident.”

In the past, donations of items like china, bedding, blankets, screen doors and tables have been donated to Leek, but Adams said the need for a golf cart brought the two organizations together.

“Everybody loved the idea (of working together to donate a golf cart),” he said.

“It was just the right thing to do — to help veterans, and an organization (Leek) that is helping veterans.”

Adams hopes that other organizations and individuals will also get involved.

“One of the things we want to accomplish is for people will look at this and say, what can we do to help,” he said. “A lot of people have never heard of Leek, and that’s unfortunate, but we’re hoping to change that.”

For more information about Leek, visit leekpreserve.org.

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