Contact: Stephen Whitehead, DAV of MN, 651-291-1212 [email protected]
Disabled American Veterans of MN Foundation Launches Minnesota DAV Outdoors Program with agreement to be major sponsor of Camp Ripley Deer and Turkey Hunts for disabled veterans, and the Trolling for the Troops Program.
Disabled American Veterans of MN (DAV), Sept 10, 2013 – The DAV of MN Foundation recently Board of Directors and the MN DAV Executive Committee announced that a new initiative called the Minnesota DAV OUTDOORS PROGRAM. This program will be focused on providing hunting, fishing and other outdoor program opportunities to disabled veterans. This includes being a major sponsor of the current Camp Ripley deer and turkey hunts for disabled veterans as well as the Trolling for Troops fishing event at Camp Ripley and Lake Mille Lacs.
State DAV State Commander Rob Hartley and State Adjutant/Executive Director Stephen Whitehead stated that this funding commitment will ensure the very successful deer and turkey hunt programs currently coordinated by the St. Cloud VAMC Voluntary Services office continue over the coming years.
Executive Director Whitehead further stated “these events have served disabled veterans in a very unique way which includes partnerships with the MN American Legion, VFW, MOPH, Camp Ripley as well as Midwest Outdoors Unlimited and other organizations who provide funds, volunteers , expertise and equipment required. We will work hard to continue these partnerships as we coordinate the events as well as expand them “.
Outside of the three programs mentioned above the Minnesota DAV Outdoors program includes European style pheasant hunts in Avon, MN (Sand Pines Pheasants) as well as other hunting and fishing programs at the Chapter level in outstate Minnesota.
Whitehead stated “we have been in contact with fishing resorts, the DNR, as well as bordering States about expanding the DAV Outdoors programs and the interest they have in partnering is very promising”.
Commander Hartley stated “The magic in these events is the opportunity for VSO partnerships, the opportunity for volunteers, opportunities for our statewide chapters to participate and expand our program, and the opportunity for others to share their facilities, expertise and to provide opportunities to get disabled veterans involved in outdoor activities”.