Veterans Beat Stress By Duck Hunting

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“It gives you time to just decompress and really appreciate what God provides us.”

November 10, 2019

KGW, PORTLAND, Ore. — On a cool, cloudy Sunday morning in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, three hunters sat waiting for the ducks to fly in.

Admittedly, their luck had taken a turn for the worse.

“I think 30 minutes into this we shot two ducks out of the air so that was a pretty tremendous way to start the day,” Andrew Gritzbaugh said. “And then it’s been kind quiet, you know, since then.”

On this hunt though, one day before Veterans Day, the quiet wasn’t so bad.

“It’s conducive to a lot of good storytelling,” Justin Boardman said.

Boardman, an active-duty Green Beret, is the national prostaff manager for The Fallen Outdoors, a nonprofit run by volunteers who organize hunting and fishing trips for veterans.

Gritzbaugh, who served in the 101st Airborne division and the 162nd Oregon Guard, had found the idea intimidating …

Gritzbaugh, Navy veteran Sam Davis and Boardman were three of 20 veterans and active-duty service members who came out on Sunday’s trip, as part of the second annual Veterans Hunt.

“To be out here and share this together, you can’t ask for anything more,” Davis said. “It gives you time to just decompress and really appreciate what God provides us.”

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