DOI / VISTA Team News

DOI/VISTA Josh LittleOwl and National Park Service Volunteers Lend Helping Hand to Vietnam Veteran

by Michael Ann Dulcie, Outreach Coordinator
September 11, 2014

DOI/VISTA Josh LittleOwl and park rangers from Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Little Bighorn National Park teamed up to help retired Vietnam veteran Edward Denny. The project was Bighorn Canyon Chief of Interpretation, Ken Woody, and DOI/VISTA, Josh Little Owl, take part in a 9/11 Service Project by painting a retired Vietnam veterans home.part of the 9/11 federal day of service.

"We were looking for an opportunity to do some good community service, be good neighbors in the place that we live and work. We reached out to the Crow Tribe to see if they had any families in need that we could do a service project for on 9/11. Our DOI/VISTA member, Josh LittleOwl, was able to get paint and supplies donated by the Home Depot in Billings, MT and recruited 15 volunteers from as far as Lovell, WY to come out and paint this guy's house and just show a veteran that we appreciate his service. It was a good opportunity for us to serve somebody who's served us," says Tom Smith--Lead Ranger, Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area.

"After quite a few years the paint was really starting to wear away and it was faded, it was chipping, and the siding was starting to weather from wind and rain and other things. I'm appreciative, and it's amazing how people give up their time for somebody else that's gave up his time for going into the service and that's amazing. It's something that I haven't heard of, and this is great," says Edward Denny, Retired Vietnam Veteran.