The Mason County Texas Project’s Wounded Warrior Program held its first hunt of the 2010-2011 season the second weekend of October with seventeen hunters enjoying our hospitality.
John and Dana Haines hosted the two day dove hunt on the family ranch north of Camp Air. And we all did our best to uphold the national average, that is, a lot of shooting and not a lot of table fare to show for it. And speaking of table fare, thanks to the support of Carmeuse Industrial Sands of Brady and your local contributions, we were able to provide an excellent steak dinner catered by John Watson Food Services at Willow Creek Café Saturday evening, and Edward Velez provided a ton of Deadwood BBQ on Sunday before the vets headed back to San Antonio. And thanks again to the Wildlife Ranch for providing accommodations for the Saturday night lodging.
The most important part of the weekend for all of the men and women who participate each year is simply the opportunity to get out of Brooke Army Hospital. Of the seventeen hunters this year, ten are still on active duty in the hospital awaiting further surgeries, while six are medically retired from wounds received in battle, and one was the nurse which must accompany them on a trip of this nature. One amputee was only eighteen years of age, one nineteen, the others less than twenty-five. Their normal day is filled with lots of TV, card playing, video games, boredom, and awaiting the next surgery. To a man, they all want to stay in the military, to go back to the war zone, to fight again for us, for the U.S., for our cause.
I told them of Mason County, of our commitment to the military, of our sacrifices, too, and why we are doing what we do here to show our appreciation to them for what they have given. But I know it will never be enough. So I ask first for your prayers. And, if you see these men and women here in late December or early January tell them thanks. They never hear it enough.
And, in the way of thanks—we can not appreciate more the kindness of John and Dana and family in opening their hearts and homeland to these warriors. In fact, they have already invited them back for the late dove season this year. As we always say—it is just a good thing—you just have to experience it.
Donations or memorials can be made to the Wounded Warriors at Mason National Bank or Mason County Texas Project at the Commercial Bank. Both accounts are the same, and all contributions are greatly appreciated.