Healing At English River Outfitters (HERO) held their annual open house BBQ at Stockum Ridge County Park on Saturday, Sept. 29, where they ate beef heart, elk, deer and buffalo chili, coon stew and other dishes all cooked by HERO president Chuck Geertz.
During the open house, the veterans were joined by Miss Iowa 2018, Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw.
HERO assists veterans struggling with PTSD by giving them a chance to get away to the woods and reconnect with nature. Dave Lewis, HERO vice president, said getting a veterain out hunting, fishing and hiking can be easier than getting them to seek treatment, and the conversations that happen are very similar.
Since HERO launched a decade ago, 30 veterans have shared how HERO prevented them from ending their life. HERO has gone as far as driving to Tennessee to assist a veteran in need and bringing him back to their property surrounded by Sockum Ridge County Park. (Submitted photo)