16 2011 »

Disabled Veterans to Hunt Deer at Camp Grafton

 CAMP GRAFTON TRAINING CENTER, DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – Disabled Veterans will get some necessary assistance to hunt again this year. Seven Veterans have registered for a special deer hunt at North Dakota National Guard’s Camp Grafton Training Center on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18.

 During the hunt, each Veteran will be accompanied by an assistant – typically a family member – and a representative from Camp Grafton. Retired Sgt. Maj.

Jim Verwey, Barnes County veterans’ service officer, assists veterans in registering for the hunt, while Chief Warrant Officer Larry Walford coordinates the event at Camp Grafton.

 The late Col. Dean Hildebrand initiated the hunt more than 20 years ago in order to give disabled Veterans an opportunity to enjoy a pastime they may have become unable to do on their own, as well as to slightly reduce the deer population on Camp Grafton. The hunt has taken place every year since.

 Any media who would like to accompany a hunter on Thursday or Friday must pre-coordinate no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Please call Jim Verwey at 701-490-1047 to arrange coverage and entrance onto Camp Grafton.

WHAT: Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt

WHEN: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17-18, (hunters may finish the first day)

WHERE: Camp Grafton Training Center near Devils Lake

MEDIA: The hunt will begin at approximately 8 a.m. If media would like to accompany the hunters, please pre-coordinate with Jim Verwey at 701-490-1047.

Also, pre-coordination is needed for main gate access.

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National Guard has mobilized more than 3,800 Soldiers and more than 1,800 Airmen in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Currently, about 225 North Dakota Guardsmen are serving overseas while more than 4,000 remain in the state for emergency response and national defense.  For every 10,000 citizens in North Dakota, 65 serve in the North Dakota National Guard, a rate that’s more than four times the national average.

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