Wounded soldiers participate in Purple Heart Quail Hunt - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Wounded soldiers participate in Purple Heart Quail Hunt

February 16, 2008

Edison -- They come from all over the country - Maine, New York, Maryland, and Louisiana. They are the faces of the armed forces; each of them wounded in action.

"What we do, we don't do it for the money. We don't do it for the fame. We do it for our brothers, our sisters, our family," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Chavaree.

Far away from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, where Chavaree has served, is 1500 hundred acres of tranquil land called Southern Wilderness in Edison Georgia. It's here where a dozen wounded soldiers of recent conflict were invited to take part in the first annual Wounded Warriors Purple Heart Quail Hunt.

"As soon as I got the phone call I was ecstatic. It was a good chance to go out there and hang out with the boys," Chavaree said.

Lt. Colonel Dan Hammack is the president of Southern Wilderness Incorporated.

He says, "It breaks the monotony of having to go through recovery. It also gets them out into an environment that's more relaxing and more enjoyable. And they feel more appreciated by the community they're serving."

In a time when PTSD is just as lethal as RPGs, more soldiers than ever have taken their own lives - succumbed to the unforgettable reality of war - fighting their own battles on the home front.

"They could have seen their best friend killed. They could have seen somebody else injured or they could've just had some bad experience over seas and they can't stop thinking about it," said U.S. Marine Cpl. Michael Savoie. 

Thanks to the wounded Warrior Project and generous sponsors, Purple Heart soldiers like Savoie, who is originally from New Orleans, have the opportunity to gain friendships and share stories with those that understand them best, a fellow soldier. To Savoie, it's more than a hunt, it's therapy for the soul.

"When you're in the outdoors, all that goes away. You're not thinking about war, you're not thinking about all the negative things. All of that goes away. It's just you and the woods, you and nature.".

And while their wounds may be forever, so will be a lasting appreciation. A weekend hunt bringing hope and normalcy back to those we call our wounded warriors.

If you would like to learn more on how you or your business can sponsor the Purple Heart Quail Hunt, you can call Southern Wilderness, Inc. at 229-835-2362.

For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, click on the link below.

 https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org

feedback: news@walb.com?subject=PurpleHeartHunt/CF

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-19 05:33:47 GMT
    Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>
  • Black history program honors history maker

    Black history program honors history maker

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-19 04:55:08 GMT
    Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
  • South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:35 PM EST2018-02-19 04:35:21 GMT
    The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly