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HAVA Introduces 'Adopt Fritz' Veteran Program

HAVA Introduces ‘Adopt Fritz’ Veteran Program

Honored American Veterans Afield

Honored American Veterans Afield

Longmeadow, MA - Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) announces a unique essay-writing contest for veterans and active duty military of the Iraq and Afghanistan eras.

“Adopt Fritz” gives these veterans the opportunity to earn the right to adopt a German Short-haired Pointer that is specially trained by Washington-based Sagebrush Gun Dogs.

The promotion runs from 4/15/14 to 5/15/14, and includes a three-day training program for the new owner and his new hunting friend.

“‘Adopt Fritz’ is an unusual program for us  in that it tests the writing skill of current  conflict veterans and active duty soldiers to present their love for the outdoors in a way that  embraces bird hunting, but also relates their military experience and/or injuries to their hopes for  the future as they re-join civilian life,” said HAVA Chairman Tom Taylor.

“HAVA’s mission is  to assist the veteran’s recovery by getting them back outdoors and ‘Adopt Fritz’ will encourage a  discussion within the veteran community that we hope will get returning military to actively  pursue their passions.”

HAVA is communicating “Adopt Fritz” on its website ( and through the social media pages of HAVA sustaining sponsors.

Any other outdoor company that wants to help in this effort can join the project by contacting Jaclyn Stevenson at

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, Glock, Proof Research, Leupold&Stevens, Surefire, Hornady, Ruger, XS Sights, Taurus, Diamondback, Sig Sauer, Barrett, Academi, and FMG Publications among numerous contributing companies. Those who would like to learn more about the HAVA mission can do so at

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