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Hunting trips raise money for Family Readiness Group

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COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC) -

On Tuesday, The Quality Deer Management Association and the Forestry Commission made a $750 donation to the South Carolina National Guard's Family Readiness Group. The funds were raised through auctions of hunting trips hosted at the Forestry Commission's Niederhof Forestry Center in Jasper County.

The hunts help soldiers returning from high stress assignments overseas relax and acclimate to life back home through recreation. The Forestry Commission hosts the hunts as part of its outreach and education efforts.

"These hunting trips help in the transition. Time in a deer stand is time to think.  And time to help the soul," said Cpt. Chad Bryant, who accepted the check on behalf of the Family Readiness Group.

Family Readiness Groups provide an avenue of mutual support and assistance for family members, volunteers and soldiers belonging to a unit.

"We all recognize that the freedom to do what we do and live the life we live doesn't come free. If we can show members of our armed services our appreciation, then we've returned just a little bit of what they've given us," said State Forester Henry E. Kodama, who presented the check along with Kevin Graves, Carolinas Regional Directory of QDMA.

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