Chester Woods Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt

Posted at: 11/08/2012 8:07 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 News) -- Each year Olmsted County Parks and Rec. gives back to our veterans, through a special hunt at Chester Woods Park.

For life long hunter and veteran Jim Sursely, nothing was going to stop him from his love for hunting.

"I lost both my legs and my left arm in a land mine explosion in Vietnam."

Even as a triple amputee he heads out seer hunting each year. "I realized real quickly you weren't going to do everything by yourself," said Sursely.

The hunt would not be possible if it were not for programs like Chester Woods Park veterans deer hunt.

"These guys are so excited about helping me and other vets that are here to get to have this experience it's just incredible," said Sursely.

"We owe such a debt to men and women who are willing to serve our country in this fashion." Olmsted County Parks and Rec. Director Tom Ryan says it is so important to help our injured vets.

"They don't talk about where or why they're hurt they just want to be with one another," said Ryan.

The hunt isn't just about bagging that deer.

"It just means the world," said veteran Brad Berven.

For the veterans it's about the fellowship. "I can't thank them enough to come out here and do this it's just one big family," said Berven.

Ryan says it's the least they could do.

"The most rewarding thing is that we get to sit next to them."

Jim Sursely is just thankful there are so many people that are willing to help. "I probably wouldn't get the opportunity if they didn't want to do this."