Mike Stilson served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010 and suffered injuries to his left arm and right leg from an Improvised Explosive Device in Iraq’s Anbar Province during September of 2007.
A lifelong hunter, Mike had always dreamed of hunting in Africa. He was thrilled when the Send-A-Vet Foundation teamed up with Kok & Seyffert Big Game Hunting and Big Game Hunting Adventures (which are both veteran owned and operated) to make his wish for an African safari come true in 2017.
Watch the video to see how Mike’s hunt in South Africa went. And by the way, they fully utilized all the meat from the animals harvested on the hunt.
Not only did Mike manage to take a beautiful kudu, a really nice impala, and a very unique duiker on his hunt, but the safari was also a wonderful therapeutic and healing experience for him as well.
Professional Hunters Kobus Kok and Johan Seyffert outfitted and guided Mike’s hunt in Africa. It was my pleasure to help organize and facilitate the hunt in partnership with MarkDaniel Brasel from Send-A-Vet. Izaak Steyn from Diverso Productions filmed the hunt and edited the video.
While there are a number of organizations dedicated to helping veterans, the Send-A-Vet Foundation is one of the few specifically focused on organizing wounded veteran hunts.
The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and relies on donations for all the adventures they sponsor for wounded veterans. If you would like to learn more about them or make a donation, check out the profile I wrote about them or visit their website and Facebook page. If you or someone you know is a disabled or combat wounded veteran and would like information on how to participate an outdoor adventure, reach out to them through either site.