Fort Riley, Kansas



Family honored for volunteer service

By Jessica Healey | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | July 22, 2014

A military family was honored as the Volunteer Military Family of the Year at Fort Riley for 2013. They were officially recognized during the Volunteer of the Year Ceremony April 7 at Riley’s Conference Center.

The Daul family feels they are just doing what they normally do everyday – nothing extraordinary. However, the volunteer hours they have accrued tell a different story.

“We actually don’t think of it as volunteer work; it’s just stuff that we do,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Kevin Daul, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division.

Kevin Daul’s family consists of his wife Carol, 16-year-old daughter Katherina, adult son Jeremiah and Carol’s mother, Irene Vancleave, who also lives with them.

Each family member is active in church programs at Fort Riley and in the local area and help out in the community.

Carol Daul is a registered nurse and teaches healthy cooking classes.

“It’s a health education cooking class. I incorporate health education materials to prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease, all those things,” she said.

Reaching out to new mothers is another way Carol Daul contributes to her community.

“Whenever I hear of a new mother, I help coordinate food and a baby basket for her,” she said. “I’d like to do more with that actually.”

Irene, is also a registered nurse and has spent countless hours abroad assisting in eye clinics for those in need.

She mostly performs mission work in India but has also been to Russia, Ukraine, Papa New Guinea and Africa.

While doing mission work, Irene also distributes health and religious education literature in local dialects that she has helped to translate.

“We support her with that. We help her take care of the finances and help her with the book publishing as well,” said Kevin Daul.

This entire family is musically inclined and shares their musical talents within the churches they are involved.

“At church I play piano about once a month, Jeremiah plays his trumpet, and I also play my cello,” Katherina said. “All of us are involved in the choir.”

Carol also plays piano and is a Bible study instructor for Protestant Women of the Chapel at Fort Riley.

“Everything that we do and volunteer for has a component of God in it. It’s not just for us, it’s not just for others, it’s for God and because we’re submissive to God, we want to be servants,” Kevin Daul said.

The family has even opened up their home to host a displaced foreign exchange student for a couple months.

When some friends of the Daul family had to move from Fort Riley, they couldn’t take the student with them, so the Daul’s graciously offered to host the student for the remainder of her time.

“We had a lot of fun with her and treated her as a daughter. We learned some of her customs and she learned a lot of our customs,” Kevin Daul said. “It was very different for us.”

Still, the Dauls could not understand why they were chosen as the Volunteer Military Family of the Year. They found themselves asking, “What did we do?”

“Christ is our example, that’s everything for us, it’s what we practice, it’s what we are,” Kevin Daul said. “We just try to follow His example.”    
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