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Sixty Disabled Veterans Deer Hunting at Camp Ripley

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn (KSAX) - Deer hunting season started early for 60 disabled veterans at Camp Ripley Tuesday

The 20th annual Disabled Veterans Hunt, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the American Legion, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Disabled American Veterans kicked off Tuesday morning with instructions, a lunch and target practice with the actual hunt is set to begin Wednesday at sunrise

"It really offers those disabled vets the opportunity to get back out in the field They thoroughly enjoy it Sometimes it's difficult for them to get out during the normal deer season, in November with the snow and cold, so this affords them that opportunity," St Cloud VA Event Coordinator Dennis Erie said

"There's a lot of camaraderie, because most of the guys here are Vietnam veterans, so we've got commonality there where we can talk about where we've been and what we've done since then It's kinda neat," disabled Vietnam War veteran Ted James said

The Minnesota veterans, wounded in or out of combat, range in age with some who served in WWII and others just returning from Iraq or Afghanistan

"It's nice that there's organizations around that take care of us and do the things that so many of us wanna do and even though we might be handicapped and stuff If you've got a will, there's a way to get out and do it," paraplegic Vietnam veteran Ken Klein said

Legendary Vikings coach and WWII veteran Bud Grant also joined the group for the hunt that ends Thursday

Written for web by Joe Nelson
Created: 10/04/2011 8:27 PM KSAXcom

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