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BENTON, LA (KSLA) -

Veterans and wounded soldiers are lassoing big support from a group of ArkLaTex cowboys this weekend as part of a four-day-long benefit for a local organization.

The Wounded Soldiers of North Louisiana was started just six months ago, and it's similar to the Wounded Warrior project. The difference is that all of the money they raise stays right here in North Louisiana.

The benefit is the first event the WSNL is putting on, an idea first conceived by Roy Sattler.

"It's for the community, it all stays right here in Louisiana," he said. "It's just great to get behind. I think it's just a feel-good feeling for everyone to get behind, to give back to someone who gave to them, the soldier."

More than 300 people have volunteered to put on the event, including Ed Jorden who helped arrange the rodeo with the region's top bulls and bull riders.

"They are volunteering their time," Jorden said. "Everybody that I asked, told what was going on, they were all for it."

All the profits will be available for any active duty soldier or veteran in North Louisiana who needs any kind of help.

"There are a bunch of soldiers out there that need assistance and their families need assistance," said Phillip Wilder, one of several volunteers who helped with the event.

Keeping it in the region has inspired volunteers.

"The idea of it staying local makes them participate in the monetary part of it more so if they were sending it off and they couldn't see it," said organizer Steve Dooley.

There are three more events as part of the fundraiser:

  • Friday night: Bull riding starts at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday morning: Riders will saddle up for a trail ride at 8:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: Riders will team up for ranch sorting at 11 a.m.

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