Operation Bows & Heroes Joins the Moonlight Fund to Heal Wounded Troops, Families

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Operation Bows and Heroes has announced it is joining in support of the Moonlight Fund (a 501c3 class tax-deductible non-profit) to help returning wounded military personnel and their families learn archery in a peaceful outdoor weekend retreat environment. Wounded returning troops from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps are all welcomed and donations to the Moonlight Fund from local and national corporate sponsors, foundations, and individuals are desired.

Tink Nathan, Bows and Heroes

Tink Nathan, presenting a bow to a wounded soldier

We obviously need help in supporting this amazing program for our wounded soldiers and their families. A typical archery set up costs, on average $950.00 for a bow or crossbow outfit. The experience is a good physical challenge...a self esteem builder.

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The Moonlight Fund was founded by burn survivors, Henry F. Coffeen III, Celia Belt, the medical team at S.A.M.M.C., Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and executives at Ernst & Young to provide services to burn, blast and amputee survivors. The Moonlight Fund has been committed to emotional, financial and in-kind goods and services since 1998.

In 2012, the fund was chosen as the top Military Veterans Non-Profit in the nation by the Fisher House / Newman’s Own Foundation. This award was specific to their tailor made retreats and ability to provide a variety of services to military burn victims with low overhead.

Operation Bows and Heroes is operated by Tink Nathan, Founder of Tink’s Deer Hunting Products. A life-long archer, bowhunting legend and self-professed patriot, Mr. Nathan is also a certified archery coach and instructor.

In addition to the Moonlight Fund Retreats, Tink Nathan’s Camp Verde Outpost Ranch (in Camp Verde, Texas) is both a refuge and an empowering experience for wounded military personnel. Operation Bows and Heroes’ training volunteers and archery instructors provide one-on-one personal archery training and education to wounded soldiers and their families at the Moonlight Fund Retreats. The retreat also provides each attendee with complimentary archery bows, crossbows, arrows, targets and equipment to take home with them after a fun-filled weekend of shared triumphs.

Mr. Nathan noted, “We work hard to make a good match of trainers and equipment to the participants, depending on the soldier’s injuries, to maximize the results. The experience is a good physical challenge as well as a self-esteem builder. Our soldier’s families have also found the archery lessons to be one of their favorite activities as well as the most requested activity.”

Nathan continued, “We obviously need help in supporting this amazing program for our wounded soldiers and their families. A typical archery set up costs, on average $950.00 for a bow or crossbow outfit. Much of the cost depends upon the particular injuries and abilities of the participant as to what type of equipment works best for each situation. Additional costs include the use of retreat sites, lodging, food and transportation for our wounded soldiers and families.”

The Moonlight Fund is requesting financial donations and new and used archery equipment to help continue to host the Operation Bows and Heroes program to our fallen military personnel. The Moonlight Fund is a 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit organization where all donations are tax-deductible. Donations may be sent to 676 Highgate Dr. Bandera, TX 78003. Used bows are urgently needed.

More information can be found at http://www.moonlightfund.org.

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