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September 18, 2014

A salute to an All American cause for wounded veterans

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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 11:38 am

All the pork and waste are devastating our economy. No polls indicate more than a modicum of support for these wasteful creatures. Yet, they continue ruining our economy and infrastructure with their over-the-top, extremist tactics, and the average voter in America has no clue what’s going on. Of course, I’m talking about wild hogs...the real things, not those bureaucrats and politicians in Washington who are depressing our economy with rules, regulations, and taxes.

Wild hogs share a lot of similarities with party-establishment elites and their cronies in Washington. They fear no opponents as they daily wreak havoc that feeds their totally self-absorbed natures. They absolutely devastate any area they take an interest in, trampling crops and pastures alike and threatening all natural flora and fauna within their reach. They procreate vociferously, sometimes doubling and tripling the size of their herds annually. They are literally out of control and are accountable to no one.

American veterans are rising up against this menace with promises to control and limit the damage these hogs cause. That’s good for all of us, and it’s even better for our wounded heroes! Denny Daniels has created “Heroes Hunting Hogs” (HHH) not only to gain some control over the animals devastating our countryside, but also to offer another venue for wounded veterans to enjoy camaraderie with fellow veterans as a means of coping with trauma they’ve suffered from going to war.

Daniels himself is a wounded hero, having received life-threatening injuries when his vehicle was struck by an IED in Iraq in April 2005. His driver, Jason, was nearly decapitated when a large piece of shrapnel sliced through and broke his neck. I had the privilege of hunting hogs with these and a few other men a couple of weeks ago. We killed a couple of hogs that night, one a 300-pound feral boar.

The thrill of the hunt and fellowship with a group of like-minded men liberates hormones and juices that quicken men’s spirits. Wounded heroes are often lonely, trying to cope with thoughts and feelings no one but another wounded hero can understand. Counselors with the best intentions sometimes fall short in meeting needs of those wounded in war.

Daniels told me, “I was troubled after being wounded and going through the Army and VA systems for recovery and treatment. I found that many other veterans were very dissatisfied with the treatment they received. Talking to Army and VA counselors about some of the stresses of combat just didn’t cut it. Many of the veterans I talked with had given up on getting that treatment. However, we found that talking among ourselves really helped. It was great to be able to talk with others that had ‘Been there and done that.’ So, after retiring, I started looking for ways to facilitate getting veterans together to talk and the idea was born.”

Daniels is building HHH from the ground up with sponsors like Nivisys, Security Solutions, and GunsandThermals.com who have contributed use of more than $50,000 of scopes and other hunting equipment. He’s also partnered with MidSouth Munitions where donors can purchase ammunition for HHH online.

Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at Daniel@DanLGardner.com, or visit his website at http://www.danlgardner.com Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site blogs.clarionledger.com/dgardner/

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