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Central Wisconsin organization helps Purple Heart recipients heal

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

A central Wisconsin organization is making a difference in the lives of wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

Saturday, the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation took three Purple Heart recipients on a turkey hunt in Marathon County and fishing on Lake Wausau.

Organizers said they use the activities to help veterans connect and share their experiences, as a way to heal.

They said this year, the foundation plans to hold more than 50 of these events across the nation and has already seen a lot of positive feedback.

"There's healing on lots of layers here, there's this peer-to-peer contact, you know, they share common experiences and challenges, and so that connection is a big piece," said WWIAF Founder, John McDaniel.

"It's military guys and we all know that there's that wounded combat shared experience that you're safe, you let your guard down," said Army National Guard Veteran, Matt Tennessen.

Organizers estimate more than 300 Purple Heart recipients will take part in their outdoor activities this year.

They said over the last four years, the program has expanded to more than 35 states.

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