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About Heroes Hunt
Football great and avid hunter, Joe Thomas, has teamed up with LEEK Hunting & Mountain Preserve to kick-off a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $100,000 to support our nation’s veterans!
LEEK, an award-winning, 501c3 facility will use 100-percent of the money raised from the Heroes Hunt campaign to expand its Dunham Hall facility.
To jump start the campaign, Polaris donated the first $25,000 along with three new 2019 RANGER CREW® 1000 vehicles. One of the vehicles was retrofitted with hand paddles to assist disabled veterans and allow them to participate in hunts on the property regardless of their current physical status.
LEEK is currently in Phase 1 of a 3-Phase program to build Dunham Hall which provides lodging and conference rooms for wounded warriors and their families to recover. Dunham Hall is named after Jason Dunham who was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions while serving during the Iraq War.
LEEK’s Heroes Hunt
LEEK uses hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation as a means of recovery for veterans and their families regardless of their current physical limitations. Utilizing RANGER vehicles to get around the 400 acres of property, the Heroes Hunt included wounded veterans, representing the U.S. Army and Marine Corps branches, who participated in six hunts over three days.
During the 11-seasons that LEEK has been in operation they have hosted nearly 300 wounded and injured veterans from every branch of the U.S. military. LEEK is a non-profit organization, relying 100-percent on volunteers. More than 1,000 volunteers have supported LEEKs mission throughout the 11 seasons. LEEK believes in encouraging our nations wounded heroes to focus on their abilities, without compromising their current physical limitations. LEEK was founded by U.S. Army veteran Ed Fisher, who served 27-years. Ed created LEEK as a community for veterans and their families, and remains committed to serving all veterans.
“Our goal is to ensure their sacrifices are never forgotten and provide a therapeutic environment for healing with their fellow servicemen and servicewomen,” said Ed.
A Healing Hunt with Veterans and Joe Thomas
Follow along as Veterans, Joe Thomas, and RANGER hunt in beautiful Northern Pennsylvania at LEEK
Former United States Army Colonel Ed Fisher founded LEEK 11 years ago as a place preserved for the recovery of fellow veterans. The community that has been built around that mission is nothing short of incredible. Countless veterans and their families have been positively impacted by the support and camaraderie at LEEK, all founded in a shared love of the great outdoors.
Pat Skelly was drafted into the Army in 1968 after the Tet Offensive. He lost both legs in an RPG attack in April 1969 in Tay Ninh Province.
He returned to the states weighing just 86 pounds and his recovery lasted 13 months. He was re-introduced to hunting in the mid-70’s by a fellow vet who had lost an arm and an eye in WWII.
As a former Veterans Service Officer for Wayne County, NY he promotes LEEK to other vets regularly. He uses a track chair to hunt and the camaraderie is the reason he enjoys LEEK. “It’s nice to see people who are as crazy as you are,” he says. This is his third trip to LEEK.
Brett Rogers was the largest infantryman in U.S. history (6’7″ 350lbs) when he joined the Army in 2008. He sustained 6 concussions in his 13 months of service in Afghanistan.
He came home in 2011 and medically retired from military service in 2013, the same year he took up hunting. He visited LEEK three times before he moved his family to the area in 2016. He is now the head guide and caretaker of the property. He says the relationships formed with fellow warriors are more significant and he looks forward to sharing that camaraderie.
He says LEEK has also helped significantly with his PTSD. “I used to go five days without eating because I didn’t want to deal with other people at the grocery store,” he remembers. “Now I give speeches about LEEK.”