On June 20, 2006, Pfc. Christopher Neal White was killed in action in Al Anbar, Iraq. Gold Star parents William “Mike” and Galia White founded Camp Hope in 2007 to honor their son and the other fallen by helping the wounded. Camp Hope, a retreat for military Veterans wounded in the War on Terror, is located on Chris Neal Farm about 70 miles southeast of Lambert-St. Louis Airport, in rural Farmington, Missouri.
Camp Hope’s offers combat-wounded Veterans free hunting trips and lodging in ADA-approved, handicapped accessible cabins. Camp Hope offers beautiful rolling hills and hardwood ridges, perfect for hiking, four-wheeling, hunting, fishing, and exploring. During turkey and deer hunting season, Camp Hope’s Chris Neal Farm offers combat-wounded Veterans free hunting trips and lodging in ADA-approved, handicapped accessible cabins. Camp Hope is also surrounded by State and National Parks which also offer additional activities, such as camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking and golf.
Camp Hope can accommodate Veterans with a variety of disabilities. Camp Hope gives wounded Veterans the chance to do outdoor recreation and adventures that they may have thought they would no longer do because of the injuries they sustained. At Camp Hope, they help our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen realize their abilities. As one Camp Hope Soldier explained, “If you don’t have a leg and you want to climb a tree stand, you climb a tree stand; no one holds you back… no one is telling you ‘you can’t.’” He adds, “Camp Hope makes you feel like a man again… like a Soldier.”
Beyond the actual gates of Camp Hope, technology is left behind to allow nature in. Bonding takes place through face-to-face conversations in the woods, around the fire pit, or at the newly constructed centralized Lodge. Watch the Camp Hope Promotional Video below to learn more about how Camp Hope started and see the facilities that Camp Hope has to offer.
Camp Hope is a non-profit 501(c)3 Corporation. To learn more about Camp Hope at Chris Neal Farm, visit their website at www.chrisnealfarm.com or visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/camphopeusa/.