posted on August 30, 2014 07:28
The East Brady American Legion in conjunction with the Rosebud Mining and Pheasants Forever has held a three day pheasant hunt. The group taken on the hunt were members of the Wounded Warrior Project, a project which helps thousands of injured servicemen and their families returning from conflict.
The hunt took place at Queenstown’s Hunting Reserve.
Every year, volunteers from Pheasants Forever Chapter 630 have helped with the running of the event. This year nine volunteers and their trained dogs supported the veterans in the three day event.
“Attending one of these events is life changing,” Carlson, one hunter who has supported the event for three days running, stated. She brought her two dogs with her, Gabby and Teddi.
American Legion volunteers also support the event by providing three meals to the veterans and the dog handlers.
Though the event is supposed to be a joyous occasion, some of the tragic stories which have befallen the veterans are told. Carlson states that she personally heard some of the tragic events.
Carlson went into the field with her two dogs and two of the wounded warriors. As soon as they were in the field, Carlson took her time to explain how her dogs would be used to flush out and retrieve any birds.
During the day, they were able to hit several birds and as the day continued Carlson and her companions bonded.
Carlson says that while she was teaching the veterans to hunt, the veterans were teaching her as well.
“I learned that freedom is not free and more people need to give back to our vets who are honorable and heroic,” Carlson concluded after hearing how one man was hit by an IED and spent two months in a coma. Now the veteran has trouble with back pain.
Yet these events do help to support the armed forces and those men and women who come back from the warzones to recover.
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