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Well, our Wounded Warrior day at PG Trap and Skeet Center was a stunning success and one of the most personally gratifying activities in which I have had the honor to participate.

We have 12 wounded soldiers from Walter Reed at PG where they were given a day long skeet clinic by John Shima and Todd Bender who donated their time and effort.

The soldiers showed up a bit reserved, not quite hostile but perhaps withdrawn and suspicious at first. By the end of the day, everybody was laughing, trying to out do the other folks, and it looked like we accomplished out goals which were to show them there was life after being wounded, that they can forget about the war and recovery for at least a day, and that their fellow Americans (and skeet shooters in particular) were grateful for their service and sacrifice and cared about them personally.

We had lots of help and sponsors to include Phil Murray and White Flyer for the targets, local shooters for the ammo to include Lt Col (ret) John Waters, Debbi Perry, Murrel Smith, Berle Cherney, Col Scott Rose (MD) and of course PG for the fields and rental guns.

Msgt M. Geiese and his wonderful wife Elisa (who is also in the USAF), were the major organizers and provided the food and management of the event. We had all kinds of helpers including a Marine shooting team member who drove up from Quantico for the event (I'm sorry, can't remember his name). We had all kinds of other helpers including Major John Swidrak, also one of our local shooters and refs and one of the nicest guy you will ever meet.

The skeet community is made up of wonderful people and I'm grateful to have been allowed to play a small part in this fabulous day.

Again, my hat's off to Ralph and Sportsman for their Veteran Day sponsored event and hope that their and Msgt Geise's efforts will become an example that other clubs can adopt in their area for vets and active duty soldiers.

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Shima instructing a recovering Army reservist



Bender, the scary looking instructor - "you will hit that bird or I will punch you out!" :lol:



And yes folks, that would be me messing up one of the soldier's attempts to learn skeet while Shima was downloading coffee :oops:



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Lowgun - we definitely would have slotted you in if you weren't spending all of your time with Mickey and the gang in Fla! LOL.

Hope you had a good time, cheers
 
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