By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
Four wounded veterans are enjoying a hunting trip in Kansas this week thanks to an organization co-founded by a Webster Countian.
Forever Outdoors is sponsoring the hunting excursion for brothers Clint Norwood of Tupelo and Cliff Norwood of Houston, Matt Davis of Wren and Brad Beard of Vicksburg.
The Norwoods and Davis were members of the 288th Sapper Company, a National Guard unit based in Houston, while Beard served in the Army and Marines. All served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, and were wounded during their tours.
They departed last Friday in two pickups from Rob Robinson’s home on Starnes Tabernacle Road for the weeklong hunting trip in Kansas. After a supper organized for the group Saturday night and fellowship on Sunday, they were to hunt Monday-Friday.
“Everything has gone really well,” Robinson said before the group left Friday morning. This included a Forever Outdoors fundraiser last month in Starkville, where Robinson is a firefighter. “It’s growing already,” he said of the organization.
Last November, Robinson donated a kidney to Gillan “Gil” Anderson of Nicodemus, Kan., who had a rare kidney disease. The two had met and become good friends when Robinson hunted turkey on Anderson’s farmland.
They decided to give back because of their blessings and created Forever Outdoors, which is designed to help people who can’t enjoy the outdoors. For their initial project, they organized the “wounded warriors” hunting trip to Nicodemus.
The group mainly planned to hunt deer but also were planning to do some dove hunting, skeet shooting and ATVing, along with riding pontoon boats and waverunners. Robinson said members of the Nicodemus community had donated the use of their property for hunting and would guide them.
The veterans expressed appreciation to Forever Outdoors for sponsoring the trip and said they hoped people would continue to support the non-profit organization.
“It’s just a blessing,” said Clint Norwood. “It really means a lot. We’re blessed that we were asked (to participate). … “We’re gonna have a fun time (and) fellowship together. These guys are like family.”
Davis said, “We’re all very fortunate to be going on this trip. You couldn’t ask for a better group.”