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Tyonek Village, AK-The Paralyzed Veterans of America Heritage Fund, in cooperation with the Tyonek Lodge have coordinated an Alaska black bear hunt at a village just outside of Anchorage.  The hunt itself will span over a period of four weeks beginning on May 20th in four separate groups to properly accommodate the needs of 20 wounded service members.  They will be accompanied by representatives from many sponsor companies to assist and share in the joy of celebrating our heroes and assisting in their outdoor rehabilitation.

The Tyonek Native Corporation has undertaken extensive renovations to the Tyonek Lodge in order to accommodate the needs of our paralyzed service members, as well as other individuals with disabilities into this somewhat remote lodge.  http://www.tyoneklodge.com/   They will have the opportunity to enjoy of Alaska’s great outdoors and a chance to hunt black bear in one of the most densely populated black bear areas in the state, if not in all of North America.

Country music recording artist Aaron Tippin and Jim Zumbo, TV host of Jim Zumbo Outdoors on the Outdoor Channel are Spokesmen for the PVA- Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund (ORHF) and both will be attending and assisting on the hunt.  “I am honored and humbled whenever I get to share a camp with our wounded military heroes,” said Zumbo.  “This doesn’t happen without a lot of support from sponsors and donations from individuals to the Heritage Fund. I’ve witnessed firsthand how these heroes respond to this type of therapy in their recovery.” added Zumbo. The Fund, a 501 (c) (3), incorporates the traditional outdoor pursuits of hunting, fishing and shooting, along with other outdoor activities, to help wounded veterans rehabilitate and re-establish important connections with post-injury daily life.

This hunt is made possible by the generous support of sponsors including Ken Onion Custom Knives, Tyonek Native Corp, Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, Wasilla Alaska AM-VETS, Sportsman for Fish and Wildlife, James Whitlock, Sr., Hugh Tanner-Norman S. Wright Mechanical, Rick Rydell with Radio 650 KENI, Colorado Buck on Sportman’s Channel, Wild TV, Pursuit Channel, Jim Zumbo Outdoors on the Outdoor Channel, Surefire flashlights, Kershaw Knives, Bushnell, ZT Knives, Strider Knives, Thermacell, Wild West Guns, Graham Knives, Aimpoint, The Hunting Shack,  Under Armour, VangComp-Tactical Shotgun systems, Ballistic Solutions Technologies, Princeton Tec headlamps, Stedi-Stock, ALS Technologies, Inc., Columbia River Knife and Tool, The Last Frontiersman-Dan McDowell-Kenai River fishing guide, Alaska Custom Firearms, BuckShot energy drinks, Pacific Mercantile Bank-Costa Mesa, CA and Sportsman’s Warehouse- Wasilla, AK.

For more information or interest in contributing to this effort, please contact Doug Warren, Paralyzed Veterans of America by email at dwpva@biggamehuntinggear.com   or by phone at 903-276-1246.

In 2001, the PVA Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established to permanently support PVA’s many outdoor sports programs, including hunting, fishing, recreational shooting and other outdoor recreational pursuits. Donations are tax-deductible and will fully support PVA’s many outdoor sporting activities and programs. Anyone interested in donating to PVA’s Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund, go to: www.pvaheritagefund.org