Speak Out: Warrior Hunt a success
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I participated in the second-annual Wounded Warrior Hunt on Jan. 17-19 at the Anniston Army Depot. I was one of 15 Purple Heart-recipient hunters. We hunters shared a common bond as we have each given blood in combat as a part of service to our country.

The event brought together veterans of World War II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. This special event enabled us to share stories and make new friends with fellow veterans who shared a background in fighting America’s wars. The hunt would not have been possible without the many sponsors and volunteers, included the Capt. Kyle Comfort Memorial Foundation, U.S. Army Association, AOD Credit Union, Stringfellow Hospital, Jerry’s Taxidermy, Valley Machine Company, Bear Creek Taxidermy and Kim Taxidermy.

Guides (depot employees) volunteered their time to ensure a great experience for each hunter. I would like to extend a special thanks to my guide, Roy Bearden, who assisted me in harvesting the largest buck of the hunt. I also appreciate Jerry’s Taxidermy, which provided free deer processing and a full shoulder mount. While it would be impossible to name all of the many depot employees who took part in planning this wonderful event, there are three we veterans would like to personally thank.

Andrew Burns, Chad Basinger and Kishawn Banks each exceeded our expectations in making this a successful and professional hunting experience. Thank you to Col. Brent Bolander, a true gentleman, and his excellent staff for approving and supporting this hunting experience for wounded warriors. We appreciate the time you, your family and your staff took to spend and speak to all of the wounded warriors at each event. We all agreed that this was the best hunting event we have ever attended, and we would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of the great Americans who made the hunt possible.

Tom Taylor
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