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
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
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
“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
“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