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Davidson getting dressed up to escort 4 Medal of Honor recipients

Getting Davidson in his escort clothes to escort 7 veterans out here for an elk hunt with the therapy program. 4 of them are Medal of Honor recipients.

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The reception



The USA nation anthem sung by a great lady. She will go places with her voice



The presentation of the Weatherby 300 mag rifles engraved with their name and rank

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I found it interesting that elk hunting was used as a therapy. Not that I'm against it per se because I grew up as a hunter but when I returned from Vietnam I stopped hunting completely. I'd seen too much death and couldn't find any joy in hunting anymore. Once again I don't oppose hunting at all but it's not something I can do anymore either.



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looked like some good times their.
how was that singer?
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Getting Davidson in his escort clothes to escort 7 veterans out here for an elk hunt with the therapy program. 4 of them are Medal of Honor recipients.

Hey bbally, as a veteran myself,I appreciate what you guys are doing for each other. My compliments and a salute to soldiers there.
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looked like some good times their.
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She was very good. I do believe we will hear her on the national scene at some point. I mean amazing voice. Sang a lot of Country Songs and did well. Two southern rock classics and belted them out very well.

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I found it interesting that elk hunting was used as a therapy. Not that I'm against it per se because I grew up as a hunter but when I returned from Vietnam I stopped hunting completely. I'd seen too much death and couldn't find any joy in hunting anymore. Once again I don't oppose hunting at all but it's not something I can do anymore either.
I had this conversation with the three Medal of Honor winners from the Vietnam era. Because I had the same thought pattern as you.

One said he did not hunt for decades but started about 10 years ago as one last hurdle he wanted to get over. Might make sense to you... to me I assume it had to do with what he went through in the jungles and that no matter how many questions I asked I would never understand it, so I accepted it as the answer.

The other two said they were fishing a lot and gradually got back into hunting because they felt better outdoors and in the woods.
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I've never heard about hunting being used as therapy, especially for veterans. It seems to me that veterans' therapy would probably not involve shooting and killing things. I'm curious about it though. How is it therapeutic? What is the thought behind it?

Cool that your bike got to escort Medal of Honor recipients. Those are some awesome guys.
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I had this conversation with the three Medal of Honor winners from the Vietnam era. Because I had the same thought pattern as you.

One said he did not hunt for decades but started about 10 years ago as one last hurdle he wanted to get over. Might make sense to you... to me I assume it had to do with what he went through in the jungles and that no matter how many questions I asked I would never understand it, so I accepted it as the answer.

The other two said they were fishing a lot and gradually got back into hunting because they felt better outdoors and in the woods.
Yes, I do understand. Perhaps 15 or 20 years ago I purchased a .54 cal Hawkin blackpower rifle kit from the Dixie Gun Works (see link) with the intent of finishing it and going elk hunting.

https://www.dixiegunworks.com/produc...vc0ps4u5dh9a61

It would never have been about hunting for meat but instead I wanted to use a horseback guide service to seek out a true trophy elk. This was about "the hunt" and not the killing and it could have been years or perhaps never to find the one elk I might actually take.... and even then I don't know if I would pull the trigger. The gun is virtually complete but not assembled. It sits there in the box and it may become a reality someday but I don't know when.

I also fish but I'm purely catch and release these days. I even crimp my barbs and often lose fish because of that. I simply call it "quick" release. LOL

Yes, I do understand what they're doing and I commend them for it. We each must seek our own ways of dealing with the never-ending demons of war.

I'm very glad for each of those you met and escorted.




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How is it therapeutic? What is the thought behind it?

Cool that your bike got to escort Medal of Honor recipients. Those are some awesome guys.

Not my area of expertise. I am a electric engineer with a lot of process, slave relay now PLC, and physical plant engineering.

But they say it has to do with visiting things they did before they went to war.

The newer vets do better. As they come back to a different reception than the older vets did. But those older vets from Vietnam, many dedicated there lives to ensuring no other veterans were treated as they were. It is their true legacy that the country realizes what it takes in human toll to be a free country.
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