Sportsmen's Foundation for Military Families

The Barber family

The Barber family

I wanted to take a moment and let each of you know how thankful my wife and I were to be able to travel to Florida and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. I know this letter is a little late but life tends to happen sometimes, right?

I figured it would only be appropriate to tell you a little bit about us. My wife and I have been married now for a little over 4 years and we enjoy spending time with each other outdoors, specifically fishing and hunting. That has always been a huge passion of mine but it has more recently become a hobby of hers too, mainly because she likes spending time with me. I spent a little over 8 years in the United States Marine Corps and deployed multiple times to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, and Japan so I had a rather fun filled experience. After I finished my obligation to the Marine Corps I served another 2.5 years in Afghanistan as a contractor. The reason I mention all of this is because it seems as though I have missed hunting season for many years and it is almost therapeutic in the sense that it really helps me reflect on life and myself. When I was selected to participate in your event I was ecstatic and I literally talked about it until my wife told me she didn’t want to hear anything else until we arrived in Florida.

Upon our arrival we were greeted by some of the friendliest people I have ever met. Danny and Carla were great hosts and everyone who helped from the cook to the guides were extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. They always went the extra mile to ensure we were satisfied. Although we weren’t able to harvest any animals we were presented with plenty of opportunities and time seemed to fly while we were there because it is a true sportsman’s paradise. I believe this trip has made a life time hunter out of my wife and it was truly amazing to be able to sit in a stand with her and see all of the wildlife. We have talked about this hunt non-stop since we have returned to North Carolina. Oh and did I mention that even though we didn’t harvest anything, one of the regular members donated not 1 but 2 hogs to my wife and I. Upon our return we were able to turn those hogs into sausage and it has truly been a blessing because the wild hog meat is second to none. I’m sure by now this email is getting rather long but both my wife and I want to express our gratitude and hopefully we will be able to return one day and have a similar experience. Thank you for your time and most of all thank you for this wonderful trip. May God bless each and every one of you!

Respectfully,

William & Trica Barber

June 27, 2017