Local helps wounded warriors

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 01:28 PM.

“In November of last year my dad said if I wanted to go turkey hunting then Jeep Sullivan was just the guy to see,” said Hess. “Normally, if you want to go hunting I imagine you want a guy with a name like Jeep. So we went turkey hunting with a colonel from the Air Force.”

He told about their first day hunting, which no turkeys showed up and on the second day the colonel and Hess were sitting, waiting on a turkey.

“While we were sitting I decided to take off my prosthetic leg and the colonel watched with wide eyes,” said Hess. “I told him if I had to shoot the turkey with a gun or bow and arrow or if I have to beat him down with this leg, one way or another a turkey was going to die. Needless to say that really broke the ice.”

He said after a while a turkey came out, turned a corner and was out of sight. Figuring that for the only turkey to come out that day they were surprised to see a second turkey and this time the colonel didn’t hesitate to shoot the turkey.

“The aim must not have been so good because instead of hitting the ground the turkey ran around in five-yard circles with the colonel not far behind him,” said Hess. “If I ever remember anything it would be the image of the colonel chasing that turkey around in circles. I tell you now, it’s not about the hunt, it’s about the memories made, it’s about a connections and it’s thanks to Jeep we have that opportunity.”

Sullivan said as a 501c3 they accept donations.

“If you have the money and you want to make a difference we sure could use it,” said Sullivan. “I’ve seen the faces of the new guys just wanting to connect and I just want to continue connecting and be there for them to show that civilians care enough about our veterans to do something for them.”

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