Welcome to Hunts for Healing
For injured soldiers returning stateside from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the first sight they often see are the walls of an intensive care unit. With multiple tubes running from IV poles into their arms, with monitors beeping in the background, with unfamiliar noises and faces, their new surroundings are only the beginning of a new life; a new reality. So, where do they go from here?
With loss of limbs, vision or hearing, with imbedded shrapnel and burns to the flesh, with head trauma and more, the picture seems bleak and often a sense of hopelessness engulfs the human spirit. How then do they pick up the pieces and start over?
It would make us feel better to think that they all recover. We’d like to think that they all return home and pick up where they left off before they were deployed; but sometimes that’s just not the case. A quote from Jose Narosky aptly relates, “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”
This is where Hunts for Healing offers a stepping stone to aid in the transition of these selfless heroes back into their neighborhoods and communities. Offering respite from a clinical environment, our challenging outdoor activities, social interaction, home cooked meals and care, provides the friendship, acceptance and encouragement our wounded warriors need. Our goal is to help them take those positive steps towards a successful future!
Our core team and volunteers make up the unique fabric of our organization; people from all walks of life, experiences and backgrounds coming together for a common good. Outstretched hands welcome these warriors whose hearts and souls need refuge from their scars and wounds. Follow along our journey and join us as we experience together the road to recovery and its many facets.
“I lost my leg to injuries I sustained while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraq Freedom. I was privileged to be part of the Hunts for Healing turkey hunt at Ringneck Ridge Inc. During my 5 day stay, I was given not only the chance to harvest a spring gobbler and catch some fish, but more importantly was blessed with the opportunity to fellowship with a community of unbelievable and unselfish people that demonstrated their sincerest gratitude to each of the Wounded Warriors. Generations of patriots that have defended our country’s sovereignty in Vietnam, the deserts of Iraq during Operations Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan shared stories and tears of their many memories and losses. This event can only be described as positively overwhelming and a truly healing time. I will never forget this experience. I am reminded of what kind of fiber America is made of and what makes this country so worth fighting for.” - Major Kent Solheim