Hunting program helps wounded warriors transition

2/13/2012

For the last two years, officials from Colorado Parks and Wildlife have helped soldiers obtain hunting licenses and waived any necessary fees for the process. Not only does the program give veterans the chance to get outside, but for some wounded warriors it aids in the recovery process, Army News Service reports.

Organizers say that the program, which provided hunting trips from October through January at Fort Carson, is a big step forward for troops who return from the battlefield with both mental and physical injuries.

"We had everything from missing limbs to [post-traumatic stress disorder]," Cory Chick, the area wildlife manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, told the news source. "For those with PTSD, it's huge for them to overcome that, to pull the trigger again."

The Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) played a big part in the hunting program as well. The battalion has been a useful tool in aiding soldiers returning from combat. The group provides a number of services to soldiers, and recently NFL running back Herschel Walker spoke to a group of wounded warriors and encouraged them to seek help if they need it.



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