Disabled Veterans Reach to the Sky
(Building an observatory & telescope)
We all have a special place in our hearts for the women and men who have given all to serve our country. For our Disabled Veterans, night time in the healthcare facility is often a very lonely time, with little to keep our wounded heroes occupied.
They are all heroes! We want to enrich their lives with healing activities that provide a therapeutic experience. Many of these veteran’s experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) along with their physical disabilities. Many have incidents of depression, substance abuse and sleep problems.
Help Us to Help Our Disabled Veterans
The “Stephen P. Barry Assembly of the Knights of Columbus” with the “Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP),” are building an observatory at the hospital, and we “Need Your Help.” We are raising $80,000 to:
*Erect an observatory building, with an electronic movable roof, at the VA hospital.
*Purchase a digital telescope and camera, so hospitalized veterans can observe the skys and stars from inside the hospital, on computers and on a dedicated network.
*Have classes for hospitalized veterans, to become astronomers, to appreciate the benefits of our very beautiful sky and stars. An activity that can provide life long rewards.
*Bus veterans to dedicated “Star Parties” at the Mingo Creek and Wagman Observatories.
*Build a library of astronomy at the hospital including, the monthly “Star Guide newsletter, Astronomy magazine and books donated by many of the over 600 amateur member astronomers of the AAAP.
*Teach veterans to work and enhance saved images during cloudy nights and days when observations are not possible, working on their computers.
*Provide astronomy type activities that veterans can work on as a team to reconfigure saved sightings and identify new stars and constellations. One activity can be accessing views from other observatories.
We were advised this observatory is the first, for any VA in the country, and will be the model for others.
Please be mindful of the Disabled Veterans of all service branches who we are going to help with our GoFundMe project: Disabled Veterans Reach to the Sky.
When completed, a fully functional digital telescope will be at their disposal to view the evening skyline in all its brilliance. Just what these veterans are yearning to do. Please donate big or small knowing your donation is going to a very worthwhile cause...our disabled veterans! To donate type the words
Veterans Reach to the Sky at the GoFundMe search prompt. Thank You Very Much.
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