Soldiers enjoy free hunting trip
HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn.– Two soldiers from Fort Campbell, Kentucky received an experience of a lifetime Saturday. The soldiers came to Henderson County on Saturday to take part in the HOOAH Program. HOOAH stands for Healing Outside Of The Hospital. The program is designed to help wounded warriors recover and gives them an opportunity to get away from the effect of the battlefield. “I never thought I would be out here shooting a buck, what an experience. This is my first time hunting and it has been awesome,” said Sgt. Robert Mata. Mata and another soldier from Fort Campbell took part in a free four-day hunting trip in Henderson County. The trip was funded by volunteers across the county. “We just wanted to show these boys some appreciation. They get to do some of the things they give us the freedom to do,” Ronnie Washburn, a volunteer, said. Washburn is just one of many volunteers who helped make this possible. “It’s great to receive all the appreciation. Its really an awesome feeling,” said Mata. The local soldiers had free places to stay and restaurants provided them with free meals.