Weatherford Democrat

Top News

April 9, 2012

Wounded vets given chance to hunt

PARKER COUNTY — Less than two months after non-profit organization Brazos River Wounded Warriors Outdoors held an event in support of injured soldiers, another local group is planning a three-day outing for 25 wounded military members.

Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Dana L. Bowman, president and CEO of HALO for Freedom Warrior Foundation, recently announced plans for a hog hunt to be held in and around Mineral Wells beginning Thursday evening.

The event is not a fundraiser, he said, but a chance to give back to the invited guests — each with significant injuries sustained during their military service.

The event will be based at the National Vietnam War Memorial Museum, in far west Parker County on U.S. Highway 180.

Bowman said this is not the first hog hunt he has helped organize in honor of wounded soldiers. Three years ago, he said, he held a smaller hunt in Weatherford, with 10 invited soldiers, but has since used his HALO Foundation to plan a more established event he expects to translate into an annual hunt.

As a member of the Army’s parachute team, Bowman lost both legs during a midair collision with a teammate during a 1994 practice jump. Since then, he has continued to jump from aircraft as well as becoming an inspirational speaker and advocate for injured soldiers.

Working in conjunction with the museum and AmVets, Bowman said the wounded warriors will enjoy a weekend that will appeal to all senses.

Plans call for Bowman to kick off the event with a parachute jump alongside an oversized American flag, with the probability of another soldier also making a jump.

There will be an air show featuring 11 World War II planes and, following their demonstration, three will remain to perform an aerobatics display.

Several helicopters, manned by SWAT team members, will then fly over the crowd, firing machine guns into a hill on the south side of the museum, and the exhibition will end with a gyrocopter flight.

Bowman said the public is invited and encouraged to be a part of this opening ceremony, which will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, as well as a farewell reception Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

He noted locals are also invited to come to the museum throughout the event to mingle with the soldiers and take part in some of the activities. With the exception of the hunts themselves, he said the event will be open to anyone wishing to attend.

Following the aircraft displays, teams of invited soldiers, along with hunting guides and guests, will form and fly to one of two area ranches to begin their first hog hunt.

Whether on the 50,000-acre 101 Ranch or the 11,000-acre Rhodes Ranch, Bowman said he wants each wounded warrior to be able to kill a hog up close, with a knife, and by shooting from the helicopter.

Any game not consumed during the event will be donated to local charitable organizations, Bowman said.

AmVets Post 133 Commander Jim Vines said he is excited to team up with Bowman and the museum to host this event, noting there are numerous special guests in addition to the 25 guests of honor.

Officials from numerous businesses and organizations are scheduled to appear, including Caterpillar, which will provide two pieces of heavy equipment, giving soldiers an opportunity to operate the machinery.

The soldiers, including recent Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Army Ranger Sgt. Leroy Petry, will have numerous opportunities to hunt Friday and Saturday.

While Bowman thanked the volunteers and partners who are making the event possible, he said his non-profit organization is accepting donations at the First Financial Bank branch in Weatherford.

Anyone interested in making a tax-deductible donation is asked to make the check out to the HALO For Freedom Warrior Foundation and send it to First Financial Bank, P.O. Box 259, Weatherford, TX 76086

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Aledo City Council Place 2 Candidates.jpg Q&A: Aledo City Council Place 2 candidates

    With some contested races in area school board and city council races on the May 10 ballots, the WD will provide a closer look at some of those through a question-and-answer feature with the candidates. Early voting begins April 28. Today we look at the candidates running for Place 2 on Aledo City Council.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • USAF photo.jpg Heroes riding for heroes

    The 12th annual Ride for Heroes bike ride this Saturday in Aledo will include some VIPs: members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0912 one bday wm j kelly 2013 mug.jpg KELLY: What do you think?

    Not much is known about this Joseph’s life. The one thing I know for sure is that he was a very brave man.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • tiscione, lou.jpg TISCIONE: He is risen!

    “He has risen; The Lord has risen indeed!” (Luke 24:6, 34)

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Little league makes pitch to city for lower user fees

    Weatherford Little League officials have asked the city to lower user fees to the league.

    April 17, 2014

  • 0418 one oregel, oscar.jpeg Trunk full of cash leads to trip to jail

    After a traffic stop late Monday night in Parker County, the Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than $54,000 from a man who, DPS says, admitted to trafficking in narcotics for people he met in Mexico.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • easter basket.jpg Easter egg hunt times, locations

    Following is information provided to the WD on four local Easter egg hunts and celebrations planned for Friday and Saturday:

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • cigarette butts.jpg No butts about it, smoking ban nears

    Weatherford eating establishments have just over a week to get their no smoking signs in place and prepare for the no smoking ordinance enacted by the city council in February to go into effect.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hamilton, Lee.jpg HAMILTON: Government as innovator? You bet!

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Showing respect

    My sister Robbie Benton’s funeral was Friday afternoon at White’s Funeral Home. The gravesite was outside of Mineral Wells. The respect shown by the good folks of Parker County and the surrounding area was overwhelming.

    April 17, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results