Group celebrates vets with hunting, fishing trip
The (Harlingen, Texas) Valley Morning Star
PORT MANSFIELD, Texas — Nine military veterans are enjoying a hunting and fishing trip this week at a local ranch.
El Sauz Ranch is hosting the “Hero Celebration” that began Sunday, said Eve Johnson, a volunteer for Trinity Oaks, which is organizing the event.
“We have different country singers coming in each night to do a concert by the fire for them,” she said.
Trinity Oaks is a non-profit organization that uses hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities to “share with our youth, to show appreciation for our veterans, and to nourish our neighbors in need,” according to its website.
Tom Snyder, president of Trinity Oaks, said this is the event’s eighth year. About 80 motorcyclists from numerous organizations escorted several veterans Sunday from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. There was a big dinner at the ranch for the escorts and the veterans.
“We served a complete Mexican dinner, fajitas, enchiladas, rice, beans, for all the escorts, plus we had some other local guests, people that have done stuff for the organization that came out,” he said. “We probably fed about 130 people at that dinner at El Sauz.”
He said the enchiladas were made with nilgai antelope, and by Monday afternoon two of the wounded veterans had killed nilgai. Most of the veterans are able to get around on their own, he said.
Among the wounded veterans are amputees and burn victims.
He said Monday night the veterans would have a barbecue, and today there would be a skeet shoot.
“We’ve got some of the guys, after they get the nilgai they’ll be going hunting for javelina or hog, and also doing bay fishing and fishing for alligator gar,” he said. “Usually what we do is 50 percent of the meat that we process for them we make sausage, salami, anything they want made out of it, jerky, hamburger. And then the other half of the meat will go for our program to feed the homeless and also for the orphanages in Mexico.”
Dinner tonight will be chicken fried steak made of axis and blackbuck antelope.
The hunt will conclude Wednesday with another big dinner and everyone will head home Thursday.