Honored American Vets Afield

November 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The Honored American Vets Afield organization has held an annual event here in San Antonio for the second year in a row.  Their website is at www.honoredvets.org if you want to check them out.

In a nutshell they do good for our wounded warrior veterans, but I'm not here to give them a sales pitch.  A colleague of mine and member of the HAVA staff has asked for my support, so I cover this event and all the images are available for download for those that attended.  It's my charitable contribution to this great cause of keeping these heroes' spirits up after all they've done for us.

If you visit the folder over on my sports photos page, you'll see plenty of images of the sacrifices made.  But this too is not my focus today.  My focus, like my lens on this shot, is of the people helping the people.  The volunteers. 

I can't express how impressive these folks are who take their time to be on this team that really bares down to make sure these vets have a day of positive memories.  All D4vesgrill can say is thank you HAVA, for hosting one heck of an event!

About this photo:  This took about 10 minutes, and 30-50 frames before I got the one I wanted.  While walking by, I noticed the volunteer helping this warrior get situated so she could enjoy firing an air-puff triggered AR-15.  What you can't see is that this shooter is wheel chair confined.  So once they get her wheel chair in position, it's a little bit of work to get the weapon perfectly aligned so she can site the target and have the air tube near her lips so she can activate the trigger.  The volunteer stayed with her for over 20 minutes, helping make every small adjustment to get it just right.  And she's not sitting, she's kneeling the whole time. But her gaze on her warrior was focused like a steel trap and I wanted to catch it.

And that's how the HAVA volunteers roll, extremely focused on their vets, their families and friends.  They roll out awesome vendor support, shooting champions demonstrations, some star power, great food, and more.  How do I feel after covering a HAVA event?  Humbled, embarrassed to ever have complained about any thing during my deployments, proud of the HAVA folks for all they do, and just in awe at the camaraderie, spirit, will to live life out fully by our nation's heroes who literally paid a dear price for their service to our freedoms.  Hats off to HAVA and God Bless our Veterans.  D4vesgrill out.


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