Local organization to raise money to take veterans hunting

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GRAND MESA, Colo. (KKCO) A local organization is giving people something to do up in the Grand Mesa this weekend, while also promoting a good cause.

The "Warriors in the Wild" benefit will take place Saturday at the Mesa Lakes Lodge to raise money for Base Camp 40, a Grand Junction-based organization that coordinates hunting trips for veterans from across the country.

"I’ve never served, but I know what that mountain and being out in the wild, what it gives to me," said Paul Bristol, founder of Base Camp 40. "And if we can share that with these men and women, it’s awesome."

There will be live music and raffle drawings from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mesa Lake Lodge.

Bristol said this year's activities are in memory of Chris Kyle, a former navy seal who was killed in February while helping a fellow veteran recover from mental issues. Kyle was from Texas, but began going hunting with Base Camp 40 last year.

"It was after the hunt. He said, 'This was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had and I want to be a part of this,'" Bristol recalled. "And he was. He was a mainstay in our program and we were all focused on what we were doing, but after he was here it restrengthened our convictions."