If you haven’t heard of HAVA, do I hava story to tell you!
With all due apologies for the above horrible pun, Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) is a 501(c)3 organization formed by companies in the shooting and outdoor industry for the purpose of raising awareness and further assisting disabled veterans with their healing process through guided hunts, shooting events, and other outdoor sports activities. Since 2007, they’ve been working to provide the kind of “trigger therapy” that helps our country’s heroes get back out into the field no matter their physical limitations…and it seems that 2019 is already shaping up to be a record-setter. Most recently, HAVA hosted seven veterans with disabilities enjoy the waterfowl hunt of a lifetime.
Held in east-central Arkansas and hosted by shotgun exhibition shooter Micah McMillan, the hunt lasted three fun-filled days during prime season in one of the premier waterfowling destinations in the world. Each of the days started early and allowed the hunters to call in thousands of geese, providing a substantial harvest for each hunter. On The Deck Outfitters provided food, lodging, guide services, and equipment; guns and ammo were generously donated by Silver Eagle Arms, Federal, Nordic and Kicks Chokes.
“This waterfowl shoot is a new activity for our hunting program,” said HAVA Chairman Tom Taylor, “and the enthusiastic feedback from participants will lead us to focus in this category annually in the future. We will be able to serve disabled veterans from all across the country with the help of outfitters, resorts, and manufacturers – and by providing expert-class shooting instruction from Micah, hunters can improve their skill noticeably and increase their success rate.”
Do you know a wounded veteran who might enjoy a HAVA excursion? To learn more about HAVA, or to see how you can help, go to: www.honoredveterans.org.
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