GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Veterans from around the county gathered in Grand Junction on Monday to embark on a fully-funded hunting trip to Glade Park. The trip is funded by Base Camp 40, a non-profit organization that provides outdoor trips for veterans.
"It’s a part of us saying thank you, we want to take you on this amazing trip just to decompress from life a little bit," said Scott Brown, Assistant Director of Base Camp 40.
The trip is dedicated to Chris Kyle, a veteran who was killed at a shooting range when he was 38 years-old. Kyle attended a similar trip with Base Camp 40 to Glade Park in 2012. He is known as the most lethal sniper in history, and in 2014 was portrayed by Bradley Cooper in the Academy Award winning film "American Sniper."
"A true American hero, it’s an honor to be selected in an event that has his name. He lives on," said Vietnam veteran, Wayne Telford.
Telford became passionate about helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder after his daughter, who served in the U.S. Air Force for 17 years, took her own life.
"That plays right into my participating with the Base Camp 40 hunt. To be with the great men and woman, and to be able to share what we've all gone through,” said Telford.
The trip is also designed to help them bond and find support for their common combat experiences.
"This gives me an opportunity to see my own strengths, as well as others, and be able to build upon each other’s strengths," said Iraq veteran, Kyle Moxley.
The ultimate goal is to catch a few elk, and leave with an unforgettable experience.
"This kind of takes the burden off your shoulders a little bit and just kind of puts you at peace. It’s really hard to understand unless you’ve been through it,” said Brown.