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Naples VFW Hosts Wounded Veteran Deer Hunt


Between December 7th and December 11th, DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement supported the Fifth Annual Wounded Veteran Deer Hunt hosted by the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIAF) and the Naples Chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Captain VerHague (New York Army National Guard) and Lieutenant Fay (New York Army National Guard – CPT RET.) were involved with the planning and organization of this year’s event. WWIAF “provides world-class outdoor sporting activities to Purple Heart recipients to assist in their recovery efforts, all at no cost to them.” This event is solely run through donations and support by volunteers organized by VFW Post #8726 Naples.

The New York Conservation Officers Association supported this event by donating several tokens of appreciation and covering the cost of the non-resident hunting licenses and deer management permit application fees for three participating Purple Heart recipients. Six doe and two bucks were harvested during the event.

Captain VerHague attended the closing ceremony and dinner to present the donated items.

Captain VerHague with Veteran Deer Hunt participants (photo: provided)
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