Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam invites Florida's wounded veterans to enjoy diverse, outdoor recreational events at no cost through the “Operation Outdoor Freedom” program. Since Commissioner Putnam launched the program in 2011, more than 1,600 veterans have participated in the “Operation Outdoor Freedom” experience. Eligible veterans can visit OperationOutdoorFreedom.com today to register for upcoming events.

“It's an honor to provide our nation's brave men and women with outdoor experiences throughout our beautiful state,” said Commissioner Adam H. Putnam. “This program is one small way that we can give back to those who sacrificed so much to protect our country.”

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, hosts events where participants can fish, hunt, boat and more. Outdoor excursions are held regularly on state forests and private lands throughout Florida and are funded through private donations. Upcoming activities include 13 turkey hunts ranging from North Florida to South Florida, and several saltwater and freshwater fishing trips. Other events held throughout the year include: alligator and deer hunts, quail hunts, kayaking and canoeing.

“It is always uplifting to hear from participating veterans that ‘Operation Outdoor Freedom' has provided them with healing, fellowship and cherished memories,” said Jim Karels, Florida Forest Service Director.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of public forest land while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more about Florida Forest Service programs.