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Honoring “All In” Veterans Wounded Combat Vets, Families Enjoy World-Class Shooting, Fellowship A disabled veteran uses his artificial leg to great advantage, with encouragement from Todd Jarrett, president, Armed Citizen Alliance. By HAVA Staff Photos By Bob Douros Family Day includes plenty of food and good company. onored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and ACADEMI hosted 60 disabled veterans, along with their spouses and families, on June 16 at ACADEMI’s 7,000-acre training facility in H Moyock, N.C., for a day of range time, professional shooter demonstrations, music, fun and prizes. “We are enormously indebted to ACADEMI and its staff for hosting such a world class event at their massive training facility,” said Tom Taylor, HAVA chairman. “ACADEMI is proud to join HAVA in this new tradition of National Family Day, and is privileged to host these men and women and their families, who have given so much of themselves in service of their country,” said Ted Wright, ACADEMI president and CEO. The First Annual HAVA/ACADEMI National Family Day included 146 honored guests, including wounded veterans and their families. The event began with exhibitions by professional shooters Todd Jarrett, B.J. Norris, Tate Moots, Deb Cheek and Trevor Baucom. After the pro shooter demonstrations, attendees were invited to participate in informal 3-gun competitions for trophies and the coveted “Top Gun” hat for the top finishers. Other attendees participated in HAVA is devoted to including families in its many activities. handgun, rifle and shotgun shooting under the direction of the ACADEMI’s staff. Each wounded combat veteran received an impressive gift bag, and every child won a prize for their participation. Over $10,000 in adult raffle prizes also were awarded to lucky veteran participants. Prizes were donated by Benchmade, Colt, DPMS, Leupold & Stevens, Mossberg, NRA, Smith & Wesson, STI International, SureFire and other sponsors. “Our wounded warriors and their families received shooting instruction from the world’s best trainers. The interaction among participants and their families was proof enough that HAVA’s mission of helping to rebuild these American heroes’ confidence in their future is well worth all of our sponsors’ efforts,” Taylor said. “These heroes were ‘all in’ when America called, and now deserve all the support we can muster.” The event provided plenty of motivation for future events, according to Wright. “To watch these heroes interact with their peers and families in such a positive setting has touched us all, and reinforced our resolve to make next year’s National Family Day even better,” Wright said. www.shootingindustry.com 42 \ SEPTEMBER 2012 Subscribe to SI DIGITAL