During this time of year, most high school seniors
are usually busy gearing up for college, or playing
But one West Salem senior is spending his last few
months of high school.
helping wounded veterans.
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins us now with more...
Chad Seitz's has been part of a military community
all of his life
And when it came time for his senior project, he couldn't
think of a better way to say thank you to all those
who have served for our country...
than to organize a little fun for the vets who needed
I was hurt in Iraq in 2004.
Dennis Hendrickson has served five years in the Marine
Corps and 17 years in the Army.
In 2004- he received the purple heart.
I was involved in firefight, they shot an RPG round
at us and the impact threw me into a ditch and broke
Doctors had to completely reconstruct Dennis's neck
I had to learn how to walk a couple times, it will
be pretty much forever.
But on Saturday, all of his worries disappeared thanks
to an event organized by a high school senior at West
what are you most excited to do today? Downhill Ski.
For a senior project, Chad Seitz organized the Wounded
Warrior Winter Adventure.
It kind of started as an idea to help wounded soldiers.
To pay tribute to those who have sacrificed so much
for our country.
I kind of want to try and start something that can
continue in this community becuse we need to appreciate
what these veterans have done for our country and
we need to make sure they feel appreciated for what
they have done and what they've sacrificed.
When Seitz reached out for help from the chief of
recreation at Fort McCoy, he was taken back by his
youth and eagerness to give back.
For a young man, Chads age, high school student wanting
to take on a program and a project like this to help
disabled veterans, I was astonished.
It seems like younger kids don't have that much of
an interest, but I've been proven wrong.
One volunteer at the event says it's the American
It's part of our culture here in our country, it's
why we are Americans, we help each other out.
All it takes is one person to ask, to want to do something
and people gravitate towards that.
And hopefully others follow in Seitz's footsteps.
to honor those who have dedicated their entire life
defending our country.
I want them to feel appreciated and I hope that is
what succeeds out of this project.
In Fort McCoy, Brittany Schmidt, News 8
You heard one volunteer say that the giving spirit
is part of our culture, and that's something you can
see in all the work that went into this event.
Organizations from across the state reached out to
help with donated equipment and supplies.
The event took place at White-tail Ridge Ski Area,
in Fort McCoy.
The ski and tubing hills are open to the public all
Just head to our website, news-8-thousand-dot-com,
for more details.