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My best hunts of the year are the ones I take with wounded veterans like Ken (left) and Calvin. Ken served in both the U.S. Marines and Army, and was injured during one of his tours in Iraq. Young Calvin lost a foot and lower leg in Afghanistan. It was an honor for me to hunt deer with these heroes in my Virginia homeland last November. Thanks to the Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund for helping to make that happen. You will see the episode on #BIG DEER TV on the Sportsman Channel later this fall.

We talked long into the nights on our hunt, and both Ken and Cal told me intense and inspiring war stories…they said that in spite of their injuries, they’d do it again for America and our freedoms.

They spoke quietly and with a crack in their voices about some of their brothers and sisters that did not make it back. It is those warriors throughout history–those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us–that we celebrate this weekend.

To every soldier that has served a thank you from deep in my heart. I wish I could share the deer woods with every one of you.

God bless America, and never forget.