Special visitors enjoying a chance to hunt

St. Joseph News-Press
Marshall White

Forty people from around Northwest Missouri turned out Friday at Bandana’s Bar-B-Q to greet eight men with one thing in common — each has been awarded this nation’s Purple Heart medal.

These heroes were there because of one local man — Brian Roderick.

 

About three years ago, Mr. Roderick watched a hunting show on television that talked about Wounded Warriors in Action.

“I could do this for the guys,” Mr. Roderick, who lives in eastern Buchanan County, said.

He managed to hook up with John McDaniel, the Wounded Warriors in Action founder. The organization, working in 35 states, annually conducts 45 weekend hunting events for 100 Purple Heart veterans.

This year, thanks to help from several organizations, the Wounded Warriors in Action will have one of its larger weekend duck and deer hunting events.

Each wounded service member with three or four buddies will team up for morning duck hunts from the Napier Hunt Club up in Holt County. Then each afternoon, the teams will take off to go deer hunting in Northwest Missouri.

Steve Wolk, who lives in eastern Missouri, is president of the National Taxidermists Association and a friend of Mr. Roderick. They got together with the Missouri Department of Conservation and obtained a grant from the Conservation Federation Heritage Foundation to pay for all hunting licenses and permits.

“Heroes pay zero,” Mr. McDaniel said.

The 139th Airlift Wing’s “Chief’s Association” contributed $800, plus several of the sergeants will donate time and transportation for the participants. In addition, the Air National Guard’s national softball tournament is contributing $3,100 from this summer’s event in St. Joseph.

The veterans depart for home Monday.

Story is from the News-Press and copyrighted. Reprinted with permission.

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