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Wounded Warriors hunt at Millwood Lake

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For a group of soldiers dealing with physical and emotional scars, it will be a weekend of hunting like no other.
    
The three-day wounded warrior hunt kicks off Friday at Millwood Lake in Southwest Arkansas.

For most deer hunters, this is the time of year they look forward to all year, but for a group of wounded warriors it's more than a hobby.

Dustin Thomason is with the Army Corps of Engineers on Millwood Lake.

He says they're getting ready to host their second annual hunt for seven wounded warriors.

"We had alot of guys that had back injuries or leg injuries maybe from jumping out of airplanes, or being too close to an IED that went off," said Thomason.
 
The Warrior Transition Unit in Fort Sill, Oklahoma provides the soldiers who camp and deer hunt at the lake.

Through local donations, Thomason says they hope to give the soldiers a weekend of healing.  

"Just telling their stories helps," explained Thomason. "It helps them deal with some of the issues they're going through."

Each hunter will be allowed to harvest two deer.

Thomason says most of their hunting stands, supplies and food are donated for the event.

While the veterans enjoy the experience of hunting in the wild, Thomason says giving back to the veterans is also big reward for the volunteers.

The Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt is sponsored by the Millwood Lake Focus Committee and the Army Corps of Engineers.
    
If you would like to make a donation or volunteer, call Dustin Thomason with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 501-340-1463.

You can also donate and learn more about programs with the national Wounded Warrior Project by calling 877.TEAM.WWP (832-6997).

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