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Gift makes it easier for disabled veterans to hunt in Wisconsin

Posted at 3:43 PM, Jun 05, 2019

Hunting is a tradition in Wisconsin, but it's the one thing many disabled veterans say they miss the most because it's hard to be get around in the fields or woods.

But a generous gift by a local businessman just made it easier for those heroes to hunt.

Vietnam Navy veteran Patrick Horvath now has a brand-new Track Chair to take disabled vets hunting. "It's a wonderful day," he said.

A day that began nearly 50 years when John Schultz started his company Packerland, a service mat business.

Schultz marked the half-century milestone with friends, family, business associates and a gift to Veterans Afield started by Horvath.

They take local disabled vets pheasant hunting in Track Chairs that Horvath calls chariots.

"This chariot is going to take out 24 disabled veterans hunting," said Horvath, "and they are doing something they never thought they'd do again. Thanks to John and people like him."

John doesn't like to make the story about him — but this story and the success of his business in Butler would not have happened without him.

It's his way of saying thanks to the men and women who serve.

"We hope this machine will provide some joy to all those Veterans Afield," said Schultz, "so that they can get out there and hunt and have a great time."

For Horvath and the vets he helps, the new Track Chair means more opportunities to hunt.

"We hope this machine will provide some joy to all those Veterans Afield so that they can get out there and hunt and have a great time." — businessman John Schultz

"The first thing is they tear up, they tear up. The second thing is, they say thanks. But the most important things is they ask, 'When can I go again?' What does that tell you."

If you would like to go hunting with the Veterans Afield, click here to reach Patrick Horvath.