1079 – Freedom Hunt for vets staged in Waverly

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From left, Colonial Hunt Club President Jerry Dew Jr. cooks hamburgers and hot dogs for the Freedom Hunt lunch with assistance from Vance Joyner, board member with the National Wild Turkey Federation, on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. [Kate Gibson/progess-index.com]

Episode 1079 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about a wonderful thing the good people in the Petersburg, Virginia area are doing to honor our veterans. The event was covered in a story found in The Progress – Index of Hopewell, Virginia titled: Community unites for Freedom Hunt in Waverly and was submitted by Kate Gibson, a staff writer with the paper.

Across this great nation events are taking place where the veterans who served their country including Vietnam Veterans are honored for their service. One such happening took place in the environs of Waverly, Virginia. On December 9, 2017, the Freedom Hunters for Wounded Veterans conducted their second annual Freedom Hunt for special guests including 30 veterans and civilians with disabilities.

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Retired SFC and Vietnam War veteran William Durham, of Matoaca, heads to lunch on his trackchair, donated to him by the Daughters of the American Revolution in Charlottesville. [Kate Gibson/progress-index.com]

The Freedom Hunters for Wounded Veterans is an amalgamation of five different hunt clubs in the area that include Bendall, Sussex, Sussex-Newville, Colonial and Waverly Hunt Clubs. They all came together and established the incorporated title Freedom Hunters for Wounded Veterans to put on the Freedom Hunt.

Justin Stell who led the effort that resulted in the Freedom Hunt is the president of the Bendall Hunt Club. He stated the inspiration for the inaugural Freedom Hunt came to him one night on his front porch. He said “I was just sitting there thinking, ‘Daggonnit, we’ve never done something small — why start now? I called the other club presidents and every one of them said, ‘We’re in,’ and they jumped right on it.”

Hundreds of hunt club members got an early start on Saturday morning making ready for the first snowy hunt of the season for the special guests: 30 veterans and civilians with disabilities.

Listen to episode 1079 of the podcast and discover more about this wonderful event that helps honor all of our veterans.


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