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Industry Industry watch HAVA Answers The Call To Serve Russ Thurman H onored American Veterans Afield Sustaining Sponsors. David Jacks is a 22-year veteran of four (HAVA) isn’t the largest organiThere is also a long list of companies combat tours, including Desert Storm in zation that supports disabled U.S. that have supported HAVA with the loan 1991 and Baghdad in 2005. He earned veterans and their families. But they’re of firearms and the donation of products, a Purple Heart and the Army Medal for large in our hearts. transportation, hunts, range time and Valor, among other awards. Retired Army Supported by industry-related compa- more. We thank them. Captain Matt Moser of the 101st Airborne nies, HAVA has continued to grow since Ruger recently presented HAVA with a Division suffered severe vertebrae damits formation in 2007. While important, check for $30,000, money raised through the age while commanding convoys in Iraq. the organization has not let growth distract auction of eight historical Ruger firearms. He is now in remission from cancer after it from its goal: “To raise awareness and “It is Ruger’s privilege and honor to numerous operations and several rounds assist disabled veterans with the healing contribute to the HAVA mission this year, of chemotherapy. process through active parThe reception the two ticipation in outdoor sports.” soldiers received at the MasHAVA also isn’t the most ters is reflective of the induswell-known veteran suptry’s heart. When introduced port group. That’s because at the awards dinner, more HAVA, by design, does not than 350 representatives overly promote itself or the from throughout the induscompanies supporting it. try gave the two warriors a Rather, the emphasis is on sustained standing ovation. those HAVA serves. Since “HAVA was honored to its beginning, HAVA has feature two highly decorat“served” nearly 1,000 veted Army combat veterans erans and their families. The on our Shooting Inorganization will conduct dustry Masters team events in 15 states this year. to demonstrate to This month, the organizathe industry that tion will hold its 4th Annual SI DIGITAL the HAVA mission HAVA National Family Day Hot Link delivers tremenon Nov. 12 at the National Retired Army Staff Sgt. David Jacks (left) and retired Army Captain Matt dous benefits to real Shooting Complex in San Moser (right) are joined by Stephanie Pastusek, of XS Sights, to form Team American heroes,” Taylor Antonio, Texas. Last year, the HAVA at the 2011 Shooting Industry Masters. said. “Our sponsors know event drew 250 disabled vets, the value of our work in including some still on active duty, and and we intend to continue to support this providing hunting and shooting opportutheir families. If you’re reading this before cause, which serves such deserving Amer- nities to disabled veterans. We invite all Nov. 12 and would like to help make the ican heroes. Donating valuable pieces of shooting industry companies to particievent a success, email HAVA’s chairman, Ruger history could serve no greater good pate in this important work.” Tom Taylor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. than to help contribute to the rebuilding of Regardless of the size of your comHAVA’s Sustaining Sponsors are Crim- lives interrupted by national service and pany or dealership, you can join the ranks son Trace, Hornady, Leupold & Stevens, sacrifice,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger vice of industry leaders in supporting HAVA, a Mossberg, NRA, Smith & Wesson, Sure- president of sales and marketing. 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Fire and Yamaha Outdoors. We at FMG In July, as part of FMG Publications’ Visit www.honoredveterans.org. Publications are honored to be listed as sponsorship, we hosted Team HAVA at the a sponsor with these fine companies. In Shooting Industry Masters. Two soldiers Continued on page 45 October, NSSF joined the ranks of these were on the team. Retired Army Staff Sgt. Come See Our NEW Website! www.shootingindustry.com 46 NOVEMBER 2011 Subscribe to SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com