A Minnesota nonprofit is seeking military veterans to win a free trip to the Boundary Waters in July. 

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is hosting a free trip for veterans to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota on July 9-14.

The Center will take a small group of veterans up to Ely, Minn., where they will spend a night at Veterans on the Lake resort before heading into the BWCA on July 10. The trip is being outfitted by Canadian Waters. The group will return from their trip on July 13 and spend another night at the resort before heading back into civilization.

Interested veterans can apply for the trip on the Center’s website bongcenter.org or call the Center at 715-392-7151.

This will be the second year the Center has offered the trip for veterans that are disabled or dealing with PTSD and other specified traumas. 

“Last year’s trip was amazing,” said Hayes Scriven, executive director of the Center. “It was one of the better trips I have ever been a part of. We wanted to give back in another way to the veteran community, and we were able to do that in a unique way.”

The mission of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is to preserve and honor the memory of Major Bong and all veterans of World War II as well as subsequent conflicts and to provide educational resources for the Twin Ports area community and beyond.

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