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Wounded Heroes and Family Enjoy World-Class Shooting, Prizes and Fellowship.

Honored American Veterans Afield

Honored American Veterans Afield

Moyock, N.C. –-( Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and ACADEMI, a leading, privately held training and security solutions provider, hosted 60 disabled veterans along with their spouses and families on June 16 at ACADEMI’s world-class 7,000-acre facility in Moyock, N.C. for a day of range time, professional shooter demonstrations, music, fun and prizes.

The First Annual HAVA/ACADEMI National Family Day included 146 honored guests, including wounded veterans and their families. The event began with exhibitions by professional shooters Todd Jarrett. B.J. Norris, Tate Moots, Deb Cheek and Trevor Baucom.

After the pro shooter demonstrations, attendees were invited to participate in informal 3-gun competitions for trophies and the coveted “Top Gun” hat for the top finishers, while others participated in handgun, rifle and shotgun shooting under the direction of ACADEMI’s world-class staff.

Every wounded warrior in attendance received an impressive gift bag, and every child won a prize from their participation. Over $10,000 in adult raffle prizes were also awarded to lucky veteran participants/winners. Prizes were donated by Smith & Wesson, Mossberg, Colt, DPMS, STI International, Benchmade, Leupold & Stevens, Surefire, NRA and other sponsors.

“We are enormously indebted to ACADEMI and its staff for hosting such a world class event at their massive training facility,” said Tom Taylor, HAVA Chairman. “Our wounded warriors and their families received shooting instruction from the world’s best trainers and the interaction among participants and their families was proof enough that HAVA’s mission of helping to rebuild these American heroes’ confidence in their future is well worth all of our sponsors’ efforts. These heroes were ‘all-in’ when America called; and now deserve all the support that we can muster.”

“ACADEMI is proud to join HAVA in this new tradition of National Family Day, and is privileged to host these men and women and their families who have given so much of themselves in service of their country,” said Ted Wright, ACADEMI President and CEO. “To watch these heroes interact with their peers and families in such a positive setting has touched us all, and reinforced our resolve to make next year’s National Family Day even better.”

For more information on HAVA and ACADEMI, please visit and

HAVA is a 501(c)3 organization formed by companies in the shooting and outdoor industry with the purpose of raising awareness and further assisting disabled veterans with their healing process through guided hunts, shooting events and other outdoor sports activities. The sustaining sponsor companies are Smith & Wesson, NSSF, Mossberg, Yamaha Outdoors, Crimson Trace, Leupold & Stevens, Surefire, Hornady, Ruger, XS Sights, Barrett, Glock and FMG Publications among numerous contributing companies. Those who would like to learn more about the HAVA organization can do so at

ACADEMI is a leading provider of training and security services in support of the U.S. Government and other customers, focused on worldwide operations including counterterrorism, force protection, law enforcement and security operations. The company serves multiple U.S. Government Agencies, the U.S. Department of Defense and numerous law-enforcement and commercial customers. ACADEMI’s proven ability to provide turnkey, end-to-end training and technical services, along with its unmatched track record of exceptional performance, has enabled the company to establish a competitive advantage well-recognized by its customers.

ACADEMI is a modern representation of Plato’s Akademia, which was established in the third century B.C. as an institution that produced the best thinkers and warriors alike. These were elite individuals capable of facing the challenges of the time thanks to a strong foundation in training, strategy and strength, both mental and physical. For more information, please visit

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