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NRA NATIONAL High Power Rifle Championship

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Congratulations to Post 1503 member, Dan Duitsman (USMC veteran), Shooting Sports Program Director and Head Shooting Coach for Camp Valor Outdoors (CVO), for winning the High Military Veteran trophy at the 2018 NRA National High Power Rifle Championships. Camp Valor Outdoors sent 12 veterans to the Championships at Camp Atterbury, IN, 6-11 July. Dan went on to shoot in the NRA Long Range Rifle National Championships and NRA Mid-Range National Championships, 12-22 July. Dan seeks out wounded, injured, and ill veterans who have an interest in competitive shooting. CVO begins at the local level with the basic fundamentals and firearms safety, holding clinics in service rifle, service pistol, and vintage rifle (M1, M1A, 1903) for any veteran, any Service, any generation. This competitive season sees an expansion to the 3-gun events with six warriors scheduled to compete in the NRA World Championships at the Peacemaker range in West Virginia.


Congratulations to Post 1503 member, Denise Loring (Ret USAR), Chief Operating Officer and coach/competitor for Camp Valor Outdoors, for being selected to the US National Shooting Team for 300M rifle. Denise will compete for the United States in Changwon, South Korea, this September in the Women's Prone event and Women's 3-position event for 300M Rifle at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF)World Shooting Championships. She attended the National 300M Championships in St. Francis, MN, hosted by the Minneapolis Rifle Club, in May, and won the Women's 3-position event.


Camp Valor Outdoors connects wounded, injured, and ill veterans in the outdoors. This is through guided hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, and competitive shooting. The camp is located in Kingsville, MO, where the guided hunting, fishing, and archery are primary events. The competitive shooting program is centered in Northern Virginia with Quantico and the Fairfax Rod & Gun Club being a central base for local shooting. Out of the local program veterans can decide if they would like to participate in regional matches, from this participation they can compete among the group for a position on the 12-man National Team. The team of 12 are funded with lodging, equipment, ammunition covered for the matches. Additional veterans wanting to experience the National Matches would need to self-fund the trip, but would be lodged with the CVO team and would shoot with the team on the firing line.


CVO has a volunteer staff of five who work to grow the program and ensure wounded, injured, and ill veterans are matches with the programs of interest. Any veteran in CVO can attend hunting and fishing events and will often have full costs covered to include transportation to/from the camp and all meals and lodging.



                                                                                               

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