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Gazette Premium Content Couple channel grief into retreat for veterans

Associated Press Updated: August 1, 2014 at 2:31 am

OCQUEOC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The parents of a Michigan soldier who was killed in Iraq are honoring him by hosting veterans and their families free of charge for up to five days at a wilderness home where the families can go hiking, swimming and boating.

Jan and Terry Blumberg say their son, Army Sgt. Trevor Blumberg, asked them to do two things if he didn't return from the war: watch over his dog, Scrappy, and "take care of my guys."

Blumberg was killed by a roadside bomb within days of his deployment. His parents used his death benefits and insurance money to build Blum's Landing in northern Michigan's Ocqueoc Township.

They began accepting visitors in 2012 and have now hosted 30 veterans.

Terry Blumberg says the home gives the veterans a place to clear their heads.

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