Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) officials have set major goals for 2015 to help more disabled veterans through guided hunts, shooting events and family days.
“We plan to make 2015 our most successful year as we touch the lives of more disabled veterans and their families,” said Tom Taylor, HAVA chairman. “As we enter our eighth year, we’re even more committed to serving those who have sacrificed so much for our country and our freedoms.”
Founded in 2008 by companies in the shooting and outdoor industry, HAVA’s mission is “To raise awareness and assist disabled veterans with their healing process and to help rebuild confidence in the future through active participation in guided hunts and shooting events.”
“For those of us in HAVA, it has been extremely gratifying to serve those in our military services who have been wounded or disabled. In truth, they have touched our lives in many ways much more than we have theirs,” Taylor said.
During 2014, HAVA served over 1,000 veterans and their families. HAVA Family Days were held at the San Antonio Police Training Academy, ACADEMI in Moyock, N.C., and Rockcastle Shooting Complex in Park City, Ky. Guided hunts were held in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. Other HAVA-sponsored events were held in Georgia, and Team HAVA participated in the Shooting Industry Masters in Florida.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to hold these events around the country,” Taylor said. “They’re the result of a great deal of hard work, countless volunteer hours and unwavering support from many in the industry. Last year established a foundation for additional support of disabled veterans.”
For 2015, HAVA plans to add another family day event that could serve an additional 200 to 300 veterans, while also adding more “couples” hunting experiences.
“We have found these to be very therapeutic for both the veteran and spouse. We also plan to initiate a handful of long range shooting training sessions/competitions. These will be very conducive for those with restrictive movement injuries,” Taylor said.
In addition, HAVA plans to expand other hunting opportunities for disabled veterans, according to Taylor.
“Yes, these are ambitious goals, but how can we not reach further to help those who have served us?” Taylor said.
HAVA Family Days allow veterans the opportunity to shoot
a variety of firearms in a stress-free environment.
According to Taylor, HAVA events are very therapeutic
for both the veteran and the spouse/family.
Another way HAVA is able to serve veterans is through guided hunts.
Last year, hunts were held in 10 states.
Crossbows were added last year to HAVA’s events — proving to be a huge hit on the range.
Your Help Needed
The success of HAVA is dependent on the support of its sustaining sponsors and other companies throughout the industry.
“HAVA as an organization is actually very small,” Taylor said. “Our ability to reach thousands of disabled veterans and their families is possible only because of support from major companies and numerous individuals.”
HAVA’s sustaining sponsor companies are Smith & Wesson, Mossberg, NSSF, ACADEMI, Barrett, Crimson Trace, Diamondback Firearms, FMG Publications, Glock, Hornady, Leupold & Stevens, PROOF Research, Ruger, SureFire, SIG SAUER, Taurus, XS Sights, Federal Ammunition and Yamaha Outdoors. Numerous contributing companies also support HAVA.
“We would welcome additional sponsors to help us expand our support of disabled veterans and their families. Plus, we need assistance with our many events,” Taylor said. “I am always available to discuss how you can help HAVA help those we serve.”
Contact Tom Taylor at (781) 789-2538, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.honoredveterans.org.
By Russ Thurman
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