By Lynn Constan
Special to The PREVIEW
Sandy Howe has always had special interest in the welfare of veterans. Her husband is a retired career Navy officer and her son currently serves in the Coast Guard.
So, it was not unusual that when she joined the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2005 that she would immediately become involved in the activities of the DAR Service for Veterans Committee.
The Homelake Veterans Center is a state veterans’ retirement home in Monte Vista. It was established in 1889 as a retirement center for Civil War veterans from both sides of the conflict.
Homelake is unique in Colorado, offering both skilled nursing care and individual cottages similar to assisted living for veterans and their spouses.
Sandy made Homelake her special project. She spearheaded the efforts of the Sarah Platt Decker Chapter to improve the lives of the veterans living at Homelake. She organized quilting groups, collected gifts, sorted through chapter donations of clothing, books and other items, went on shopping trips for other needed items, and made innumerable trips across Wolf Creek Pass to deliver car loads of gifts and supplies in all kinds of weather.
The Sarah Platt Decker Chapter honored Sandy Howe with a special award for Outstanding Service to Veterans at their Awards Tea in Durango on Feb. 16.