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Participants and mentors of the Hunt for Purpose on the Divide program in the field. Photo Credit: Mike MacLeod - Studio MacLeod_Bozeman_MT

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Finding Purpose on the Divide

How archery hunting and the outdoors provide healing for post-9/11 combat veterans

It’s four o’clock in the morning, and it’s time to go. Hours before sunrise, it’s still dark. There’s a steep uphill climb to find a high point where the hikers can “glass,” scanning the open hillsides through binoculars. Depending on where the day goes, it might be dark again before returning to camp…

This is just part of what Bethany West and Katie Megahee will experience this fall for the culmination of Hunt for Purpose, a Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation (WQW) program. The two veterans are part of an intensive program that teaches the tools and skills needed for successful archery hunting, providing tools to thrive in post-combat military life. Keep Reading

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