Leesburg, FL, November 6, 2018 – Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) announces the launch of a new long-range shooter training program through its Learn to Shoot Again (LTSA) division. LTSA is HAVA’s newest initiative where severely injured training instructors teach advanced shooting skills to reconnect their wounded students (also typically with severe injuries) with outdoor activities that they may have enjoyed pre-injury. This new precision rifle program began in Leesburg, FL in October with a full 3-day class that trained 11 injured veterans to shoot effectively out to 900 yards.
Shooters with injuries like hand amputations, inoperable hands, broken backs, shoulder reconstructions, traumatic brain injuries, and other significant issues learned the skills of a long-range shooter — but more importantly that they could still learn a fun new skill despite their challenging injuries. These are the lessons that LTSA teaches which helps these American heroes to be more optimistic about their future. Thanks to product donations from Sig Sauer, Savage, DPMS, Kestrel, Daniel Defense, Vortex, Leupold and others, the students have access to the best equipment to accelerate their learning curve.
“Long range shooting skills are just one of the lessons that our LTSA instructors bring to these students who deserve everything that we can do to inspire and assist in their recovery,” said HAVA Chairman Tom Taylor. “The fact that our instructors have each personally gone through the re-habilitation process after the loss of a limb or other severe injury is a real-life example for the student that recovery from tragedy is possible, and that the best part of life may still be in their future. We believe that our efforts can make the ultimate difference with a disabled veteran who might otherwise not be able to fulfill their long-term potential for happiness.”
HAVA is a 501(c)3 organization formed by companies in the shooting and outdoor industry with the purpose of raising awareness and further assisting disabled veterans with their healing process through guided hunts, shooting events and other outdoor sports activities. The sustaining sponsor companies are Smith & Wesson, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), SIG SAUER, Academi, Arnold Defense, Crimson Trace, E3 Training, FMG Publications, GLOCK, Hornady, Leapers/UTG, Leupold & Stevens, Mossberg, National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), Operation Hat Trick, Ruger, Savage, Surefire, Taurus, Vista Outdoor/Federal, XS Sights, and Yamaha Outdoors among numerous contributing companies. To learn more about HAVA, go to: www.honoredveterans.org.