Wounded Warrior Retreats (WWR) will once again be hosting deer hunts at Come Away Plantation in Warren County. They will be offering hunts Nov. 1-3 , 5-7, 8-10, 15-17; Dec. 26.-Jan. 2.
“Wounded Warrior Retreat is like no place I have ever been to,” said Danny Dickey, a retired disabled combat veteran with the U.S. Army. “It offers combat veterans and their families a much-needed service. It allows a place where you can get spiritual healing for you and your family.”
WWR was founded by Robert Driggers, pastor of Pine Hill Baptist Church in Hephzibah, in 2010. WWR’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of wounded warriors and their families by mentoring, promoting, supporting and encouraging spiritual healing while participants enjoy the many outdoor activities offered by the private hunting retreat.
To date, WWR has had more than 500 veterans come through its doors from all over the United States.
“WWR offers something that you cannot get at the veteran hospital or most any other government facility, and that’s spiritual healing,” said Danny. “In this time when veterans are coming home with life-changing injuries and post-traumatic stress syndrome, our faith, and connection to our religious beliefs have been strained if not broken by what we have seen and done in our deployments.
“WWR gives us that connection back by having fellow veterans and a staff of pastors and volunteers there to talk, listen and pray with us. With daily devotions and a pressure-free environment, it allows the veterans to come at their own speed and comfort. A soldier is taught no one left behind. This is the view that is shared at WWR. There is someone always willing to listen and talk with you, which is important in a time when divorce is through the roof with returning soldiers, as well as suicides. That’s why spiritual help that’s offered here is sometimes the missing piece to a lot of soldiers’ recoveries.”
In addition to deer hunts, WWR offers hunting for turkey, pheasant, and quail. Skeet shooting, fishing and golf are other activities these heroes get to enjoy during their hunt weekends.
If you are a wounded warrior and would like to participate in an upcoming WWR event, please complete and submit the online form on their website.
WWR is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. They operate fully on donations to support the cause. The seventh-annual WWR Sportsman’s Banquet and Auction is set for Sept. 27 at Beaver Creek Plantation in Twin City. If you’re interested in being a part of the banquet, contact Terry Reynolds at (478) 494-3758.