Photos by Virginia Deer Hunters Association (VDHA)
Veterans’ Day is a time to pause and consider the sacrifices made by so many to protect our personal freedoms.
In Virginia, several fine organizations reach out to veterans to say “Thank You” and enjoy fellowship outdoors—including folks at military installations like A.P. Hill, at Project Healing Waters, at the Wounded Warrior Project, at the Virginia Deer Hunters Association, and others.
The first Virginia Deer Hunters Association (VDHA) Disabled American Veterans Hunt was held on January 1, 1986 in Chesterfield County. Fifteen disabled veterans and over 40 deer hunters—helping as drivers, guides, and assistants—started what has now become one of the most respected veteran support programs of its kind. Each hunting season, veterans from the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Medical Center in Richmond are hosted by the VDHA for an annual deer hunt. Over the past several years, hunts have been organized by the Northern Neck Chapter of the VDHA. The hunt is now known as the Buddy Fines Memorial Veterans Hunt, dedicated to the memory of Buddy Fines, a driving force behind the original veterans hunt. The event, which has enjoyed much success and provides an opportunity for fellowship among veterans and VDHA members alike, is being held at Dahlgren Military Base this year. Disabled American Veterans and deer hunters who would like to learn more can visit the VDHA website.