North Carolina Mountains R&R Program
A Vital Screaming Eagle Soldier-Family Program
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Getting away with family or friends to the mountains, the lake, or just a quiet place to relax? Yes, of course . . . but what makes a great vacation? Having friendly folks meet you upon arrival, provide a beautiful furnished mountain cabin, townhouse, condo, or private home for a week at no cost to the individual.
Guests have access to hiking up the profile trail at NC’s #1 vacation attraction, Grandfather Mountain, hiking to Linville Falls and gorge, white water rafting and guided fishing trips are also available That’s the North Carolina Mountain R&R Program.
Previously known as the Seven Devils program, it has expanded to encompass a wider geographical area, additional homes and additional sponsors.
At no cost to the guest? Well, not exactly. The price of admission is a recent tour of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. And who needs a quiet place and time with friends or family more than our active duty soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division, some with multiple deployments?
Who would provide such a great opportunity for our soldiers? Bill and Elaine Diercksen, Foscoe, NC, conceived the idea in 2007 welcoming three soldiers and their families to their Seven Devils mountain cabin during that summer.
Since then, the Diercksens have requested, persuaded and drafted several of their neighbors to join their effort in saying Thank You to our soldiers in a most unique way. With the assistance of Foscoe Realty, a vacation property manager perfectly situated to orchestrate the plan, the effort has grown with friends with vacation properties and area residents donating property and funds to accommodate more than 38 vacation weeks for more than 40 Screaming Eagle soldiers and their families in 2013.
The 101st Airborne Division Association staff provides information on the NC Mountain R&R Vacation program to the Division Command and active duty units at Fort Campbell, KY. The units select members of their command to participate and arrangements are made by the Association with funds for travel and incidental expenses provided by funds donated to and managed by the Screaming Eagle Foundation. Most of the funding comes from the Friends of the Diercksens who do not own vacation property in the area but want to be a part of the wonderful opportunity to say thanks to those who sacrifice so much for us all.
Join Bill and Elaine Diercksen in saying Thank You to those men and women of the 101st Airborne Division who sacrifice so much for us all. Donate to the Screaming Eagle Support Fund – specify: For NC Mountain R&R Program