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Shooting Industry January 2010 - Page 58
AMERICA’S H onored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) hosted the organization’s Second Annual National Family Day on Nov. 14, 2009, at the National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas. The event was attended by 89 disabled veterans and active duty military personnel from various military facilities in the San Antonio area. These wounded heroes were accompanied by 57 family members, bringing the number of participants in the fun-filled day to 146. Activities included shooting demonstrations, range time, food, prizes and musical entertainment. “Our mission to serve these American heroes was accomplished on all fronts,” said Tom Taylor, HAVA chairman. “In our second year of hosting this event, we more than doubled the number of participants, and had a tremendous outpouring of volunteer support from the industry and other organizations in order to make the day a tremendous success.” Veterans and active duty military from across Texas and as far away as Washington participated in the event, which drew both national and local support. Twenty-three companies and organizations from within the shooting sports industry supported the event, along with representatives from the Texas National Guard, V.F.W., Wounded Warriors Project, Brothers of Fallen Heroes, Texas Paralyzed Veterans Association and USA Shooting. In all, more than SERVING SERVING WARRIORS 100 volunteers helped assure these heroes and their families had a great day. Attendees participated in range activities that featured eight stages of fire, including pistols, shotguns, rifles and a cowboy stage, hosted by the Single Action Shooters Society (S.A.S.S.). During the event, children of the Wounded Warriors were able to shoot an airsoft action course. The day also featured a shooting exhibition by professionals Jerry Miculek and Max Michel. Several participants shot with Miculek and Michel in a “fun” pro-am style event. HAVA’s National Family Day was capped off with a mini-concert by platinum country recording artist Mark Wills, Honored American Veterans Afield Hosts National Family Day 58 Read SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com • SHOT SHOW EXTRA SUPER ISSUE 2010