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Wounded Warriors Go Hunting

By Jordan Hall
By jhall@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. -- The after-affects of war oftentimes get overlooked as soldiers return from the battlefield and have a tough time when they get back.

Soldiers say the Wounded Warrior Project has completely changed their life, and a day of hunting is just on way they have been able to adjust back into civilian life.

"It's been a good day and it's a great to be in the great outdoors," Veteran Leroy White said.

He was just one of the veterans hoping to bring in a turkey Saturday morning.

"I didn't feel like I fit in. I didn't want to be around large crowds, and I didn't want to do the things I was used to," White explained.

But because of volunteers for the Wounded Warrior project like Eddie Bowen, soldiers are able to readjust to everyday life.

"This is something that I don't think people realize that these soldiers need these opportunities," Bowen said.

He said that's why he and his wife open up their home and their land for these soldiers.

Bowen said going on hunts like these is a great opportunity for these soldiers, and even if they don't bring anything back, it's therapy.

"This takes it all away cause all this is fun for them and they get time to think outdoors, see what God gave us, and then when they get up here together it's just a big time," said Bowen.

White said through counseling, therapy, and activities like this, he is finally becoming who he was before he left for the war.

"If it hadn't been for that program, I don't' know if I would be doing what I'm doing now," said White.

Bowen says this is the 6th hunt he and his wife have hosted for these warriors. To donate to the project, go to www.woundedwarriorproject.org, and click on the donate button
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