Alligators at the Campfire

Helen Phillips

September 18, 2015


Periodically we are offered opportunities to invite the warrior members of the Bonfire to participate in an activity on a smaller scale than one of our traditional Bonfires. These usually include outings that can only hold a couple veterans at time and most often are simply a kind civilian wanting to share what they have to offer. This past weekend Dan Daily of Vicksburg wanted to host 2 or 3 of our members with their daughters or sons to see what is like to take down some alligators!
Needless to say, this sparked a little excitement and the trip was filled within days. Saturday evening brought to town 3 combat wounded service members and one of their daughters, who is an avid hunter. In the darkness of night near the muddy waters of the mighty Mississippi River, an alligator was wrestled and dominated.


We know the hunting thing turns many off but if you  can try to understand the therapeutic value of these events for our wounded service members, you will see that it gives them a sense of control and normalcy, in a world that you and I, as civilians can not fathom. Protectors and hunters, make up the threads of our military, it is a passion and a calling. Once the ability to achieve that purpose is taken away, they are left with a void, a big void, and need to find a way to fill that void. Obtaining encouragement and advice from their military brothers that have made the journey, helps them find direction toward their new purpose.


We invite you to be a part of the Bonfire. If you have something you would like to share, a hunt, tickets, a trip, let us know and we will do our best to help you give back to our veterans the best way that you know how.