Hunting Good Rehab For Wounded Warriors
Wounded Warriors Outdoors was created by Ron Raboud, a Florida native, businessman and longtime hunter. Raboud's father was a WWII Army vet. Wounded Warriors Outdoors is a nonprofit that gets injured active duty military out and hunting. It is a five day adventure that gives the men freedom and therapy and has been going since 2008 with blessings from the medical personnel. It helps with the rehabilitation process, giving the soldiers goals to achieve in rehab. The medical personnel recommend those they think would benefit the most from it. All money comes from donations and Raboud's passion. "What really happens out here is that they're climbing stairs, having to move around a lot, and they're showing themselves they can overcome a lot of challenges out in the real world." There is no federal assistance and no paid staff.
One of the soldiers selected for the program is 26-year-old Mark Zambon. Zambon served five tours detonating explosive devices before the one that took his legs. He rides along by the driver in the swamp buggy in Osceola County. Zambon grew up hunting, and enjoys the opportunity to be back out hunting. The buggy stops and they wait. Zambon makes his mark and will be taking some alligator meat home with him "This is the hunt of a lifetime," he says. "For me, it really opens a door." From Orlando Sentinel.