NBS Outdoor Fall Issue 2020

Warriors who have been

through a Weekend to Remember sometimes make their own contributions to HALO for Freedom’s mission. US Army Staff Sergeant Travis Simons first found out about Bowman in November 2015, as he was getting out of the Army. “Dana had jumped into the Military Ball in Annapolis that year,” Simons said. “A friend of mine who was there was telling me about the crazy guy with no legs who had jumped into the middle of Annapolis for the Military Ball. My friend talked about the foundation he has, and I started researching it.” Simons found that HALO for Freedom Warrior Foundation was doing a lot of hog hunts and some winter elk hunts for veterans. Since Simons is a dedicated hunter that appealed to him, but he also was in the process of getting out of the Army, moving, and dealing with many changes in his life so he didn’t make contact with the foundation at the time. The following spring, Bowman called Simons and introduced himself. He told Simons that a mutual friend had told him that

nighttime bowfishing. We sky dive into Texas Motor Speedway. We do a NASCAR Experience. We go to Billy Bob's. We go to Edleman's Steak House. Everything is taken care of. We also visit a school, which is very powerful. We do all of this in one weekend.” The weekend includes a western-themed gala with fine dining and a live auction. Some guests, many of them wounded veterans, speak about the importance of recovering after injury, keeping each other accountable, and how HALO’s Weekend to Remember has helped them heal. Medal of Honor recipients tell their stories of triumph, tragedy, and overcoming obstacles on the battlefield and in life after war. At the end of the evening, a live auction, a live gun auction, and a silent auction feature unique and one-of-a-kind items. Some items are autographed by celebrities and war heroes, others have been handmade. Auction items come from around the country and from overseas, all in support of HALO’s cause. “All proceeds from the auctions

go toward next year’s Weekend to Remember so we can continue hosting our warriors and help in their healing efforts,” Bowman said. “We started with about 25 people at the first one, and now we have more than 500 people that attend our gala. They buy tables and get to buy and raffle off guns. And I bring the Sheppard Air Force Base color guard, and they march in.”

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