Walter Reed Army Vets Come To Wounded Warriors Weekend - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Walter Reed Army Vets Come To Wounded Warriors Weekend

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SALISBURY, Md. -  Young vets are down from Walter Reed Medical Center to hunt, relax and shoot with local organizers and veterans.

"It's not about hunting an animal, it's about trying to do the things that you used to do," said Ross Colquhoun, program manager at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.    

Five men, all Army Strong.

They shared their stories.

This was their weekend to get out of the hospital.   

"Between getting deployed, getting injured, having a newborn and moving to Walter Reed, it's been a lot for my family," said Lucas Oppelt.  "Getting out here and doing this is kind of a stress relief."    

Oppelt was a combat medic in Afghanistan.  Before Walter Reed, he was treating two of his comrades before ending up in the hospital.  During his tour, he lost his leg and now wears a prosthetic.

"I've always been the one putting them on the birds. I still feel responsible for their health and I can't do anything about it."    

Recovery is a long road for all wounded veterans.

"[As an] inpatient, you're still stuck in the hospital and you're actually recuperating, [your] wounds are mending.  Now, you become an outpatient. It's like, 'how does life start all over again?'" said Colquhoun.    

The goal is to give the warriors support and equip them with the tools they need to become self-sufficient and independent.

Colquhoun added that "if he fails, he fails.  But you know what? He'll pick himself up and we'll continue down the road [to recovery]."

Tomorrow morning, the wounded warriors will be escorted by police from their hotel to Post 64 in Salisbury.  Organizers say everyone is welcome and will have a chance to meet and greet the wounded warriors.

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