A small group of soldiers still healing from the physical and emotional scars of their service will travel to Dyersburg Dec. 12-14 to take part in a duck hunting trip. The event is sponsored by The Tennessee Chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation and the Healing Outside Of A Hospital (HOOAH!) Program.
A special dinner to honor the soldiers for their service and their sacrifice is included in the annual expedition.
This year, the DAR has pledged its support by preparing a meal for the soldiers in the Family Living Center at the Dyer County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
"This is the biggest, greatest therapy in the world for the men and ladies who come in to do this," said Shane Hall, a local volunteer with the American Turkey Federation responsible for hosting the event and several like it in the Dyer County community each year. "They come in and clear their minds, have a good time, eat, and shoot ducks. Ninety percent of the soldiers who come in shoot their first duck in this blind. I am so thankful for the DAR to get involved with us and do the cooking."
DAR Key Corner Chapter Regent Jimmie Walker said preparing the dinner falls under the three main objectives of the DAR mission -- to present history, promote education and to support veterans.
"It was our ancestors who provided our freedom and these soldiers who maintain it," said Walker.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 40276 will also assist DAR members in the dinner. The scouts will create Christmas cards for veterans participating in the hunt, serve at the dinner and even perform a few carols.