Local Group is Forming an Unbreakable Brotherhood

Brotherhood is not always given as a birthright — sometimes it’s a rite of passage.

Such is the case for wounded warriors and a local program called the Special Liberty Project. The nonprofit organization provides injured service members with the opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing. But what they offer goes far beyond any single-day experience — they create an atmosphere for forming an unbreakable family bond.

Wounded warrior Kaleb Weakley was introduced to the group a little more than a year ago. Weakley, a retired sergeant from the United States Marines, was injured six years ago after being shot by a sniper during a routine patrol in Afghanistan. He took a round to his left femur, and another to his right bicep, before attempting to flee in a helicopter that was disabled after landing on an improvised explosive device (IED).

“Last year, I was invited on one of their first turkey hunts,” Weakley says, adding that it was a great experience.

He says the event rekindled something inside of him and inspired him to volunteer with the group.

“I grew up hunting. I see the real benefits of this program. Not only has it helped me physically and emotionally, but it’s inspired me to help my fellow brothers and sisters,” he says, adding that he appreciates the love and support from his wife and two-year-old daughter.

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