etired Army Capt. JoePotter didn’t havemuch to oer America’swounded service membersexcept his love o huntingand some land on Maryland’sEastern Shore. So togetherwith his neighbor, retired ArmySpc. Dennis Reed, Potterounded the Wounded VeteransWaterowl Weekend.“It is emotional or me,” Reedexplains. “I was ortunate.When I returned I hadeverything in place. When yousee these fne young men –and we’ve had women too – ithurts. They’re just soldiers outdoing their jobs.”In an eort to give back,Potter and Reed partneredwith American Legion Je Davis Post 18, based out o Centreville, Md. They invitedfve service members goingthrough rehabilitation at WalterReed Army Medical Center inWashington, D.C., to come outto the shore or a waterowlweekend, complete with skeetshooting, a live release and awild duck hunt.The program has grownsignifcantly in the two yearssince that frst weekend in 2007;the 2009 class o warriorsbenefted rom over $20,000 indonations, which bought themeach their own shotgun, paidor a weekend o room andboard and even allowed or twobountiul banquets.More rewarding than thesematerial gits, however, isthe emotional payo. Thecommunity o Centrevillerallied behind Potter, Reed andthe local American Legion,
I’m always asked, ‘Can Ido the things I did beore?’ andI keep reiterating the same thing. The answer is 100% yes.