Eighteen Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) members who went above and beyond to lend a hand with several state-wide environmental and conservation projects were honored yesterday at a special celebration in Laurel.
The 2017 Veterans Conservation Corps spent 11 months in DNREC’s Delaware State Parks performing trail maintenance, meadow management, invasive species eradication, and assisting in construction of boardwalks, solar panels, yurts and fire rings, and dozens of other park based projects.
During a celebration of their service, DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin and others thanked the veterans, immediate family members and retired veterans for all of their hard work in state parks.
“Not only have these veterans and their immediate family members sacrificed for the good of their country, they have also made a tremendous impact in our state parks that is invaluable,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “They have helped promote, protect, and conserve Delaware’s natural wonders and that has created outstanding benefits for our state parks and the people who use them. I cannot express how grateful we are for their hard work.”
The VCC celebration highlighted the hard work of the Corps, who began the program in October of 2016. DNREC’s Delaware State Parks VCC program provides environmental opportunities for veterans and their immediate family members and military retirees.