Annual Rifle Deer Hunt for Purple Heart Soldiers another success
December 31, 2020
By Shelly Cowen and Dennis Reynolds,
Coordinators of the event
With the help and support of a great community, DoubleCreek was able to hold the 7th annual Rifle Deer Hunt for Purple Heart Soldiers. The pandemic situation caused the cancellation of the Spring turkey hunt and the Fall deer hunt. But, with the support of great friends/neighbors, safe sleeping arrangements were able to be made for this event.
A total of four deer were taken during the event with heroes participating from South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Each of the participants are Army Veterans awarded the Purple Heart and one was also a recipient of the Silver Star Medal for Valor.
These Purple Heart veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan initiatives sustained injuries that will have a life-long impact on their overall health and well-being. They are very appreciative of the volunteer guides and other community members that are integral to the success of these events.
Volunteer guides included Jason Hay, Cody Walter, and Brooks Ingle. Debbie Crofton, Betty Hinson, Sharon Cox, Laura Edwards, Linda Harrower, and Amy Reynolds provided items for the meals. Chris Holt from C & C Motorcycle once again loaned the use of a Polaris side-by-side. Outfitters Coffee donated the most important food item, the coffee of which we went through two pounds! Kroger gift cards were provided by private donors and, as you can see, it truly takes a whole community to come together so these heroes can experience a great hunt!
"Thank you so much, after a year of being locked up due to COVID you really can't understand just how special this was to me. Amazing experience, amazing property, but most important amazing people," said Lt. Ret. James Kirchner.
This weekend of sportsmanship also offers a setting that encourages these heroes to connect with other Purple Heart recipients who understand the impact of being a wounded warrior.
This is the seventh year Dennis Reynolds and Shelley Cohen of DoubleCreek have hosted a rifle deer hunt for WWIA. It is the love of the outdoors, sportsmanship and the need to connect with other warriors that is critical to the healing process. Whether it is traumatic brain injury, limb/back disability, post-traumatic stress disorder, or survivor's guilt, these events bolster self-confidence while strengthening a bond with nature and others.
The support of the local community helps to ensure the success of these events and we extend a big thank you to our volunteer guides as well as those who helped with food preparation and sleeping arrangements. Financial support for hunting licenses were provided through a generous grant from the NRA Foundation, and travel costs were supported through a generous donation from Highland Corporation who also donated three cases of water.
A documentary featuring DoubleCreek and interviews with WWIA Purple Heart veterans who have benefited from these events is available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5THSTdAK5LE
The Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation was founded in 2007 and is dedicated to serving our nation's combat wounded, Purple Heart recipients, by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities. This recognition of their sacrifice promotes healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors.
Those interested in donating their time, funds, or other items, may contact Dennis Reynolds at 615- 969-1078.