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Shoot for Heroes
SEARSBORO, IA (CBS2/FOX28)-A project aimed at helping veterans brought out hundreds of people from all over the country to a very small Iowa community Saturday.
The 3rd annual Wounded Warrior Fundraiser, "Shoot for Heroes" raises money for veterans post 9/11.
For Deven Schei, his story is one of triumph and tradegy.
"Mentally and emotionally, it's really good," Schei said about coming to the event.
Schei enlisted for his brother who was shot in the head while serving.
His brother was 21 at the time but now, 9 years later is recovering.
Schei is also recovering from his deployments but said he relies on his "battle buddies" to get through the hard times.
"It's good to get together and share stories and laugh about it," Schei said. He shares his story around the country to help other veterans post war.
The fundraiser doesn't only raise money for those who need it the most, but also brings veterans together.
"They enjoy interacting with each other," Ernie Traugh said. "I'm proud to do this."
An event he said was started after a friend came home from deployment.
"An event like today shows how strong those bonds are for vets," Robert Joubert said.
Joubert is a Master Sergeant at the Ames Marine Corps Recruiting Station.
"It's really great for the community and for vets."
A rally of courage for those who may still be serving the red, white and blue.
And a way to show these brothers are stronger together.
"There are other people like them dealing with the same issues," Schei said.
A road block that Schei found he needed to overcome with the support of his fellow warriors.
More than 80% of the funds raised at the event goes straight to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The money helps to not only change lives but helps men around country.
The Wounded Warrior Project is trying to raise $500 million for a long term goal of helping veterans who can't take care of themselves. They hope to have the money by 2017.
If you want to volunteer or donate to the Wounded Warrior Project here is a link to their website: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/