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Barksdale hosts first wounded warrior hunt


Brave men injured while fighting for our country came to Barksdale Air Force Base for a weekend of hunting. It is the first time for the Wounded Warriors event, and both the soldiers and organizers hope the quick respite will help in the men's rehabilitation.

Organizers from the Barksdale Air Force Base with the Wounded Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warrior Foundation hosted the three day event inviting 6 injured men from the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines.

"Gatherings for wounded warriors, it's good," says Robert Webster a wounded warrior injured while on his tour in Iraq. He suffered injuries to his back, lungs, diaphragm, liver, and was left with severe hearing loss while disarming a bomb in 2009. "They are all good people and we just like having a good time."

The men have spent the day in the woods, as a part of their recovery. The program is designed to provide a stress free atmosphere with time for bonding experiences between the wounded warriors.

"These guys have been in the hospital for a long, long time, and we have double amputees, single amputees, who have been injured in the line of duty," says Event Organizer Bill Lee.

He was inspired to begin a grassroots movement on base to host the first event for the wounded warriors.

The event ends Sunday, and the men will return back home and to their recovery efforts.

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