Operation Bows and Heroes announced it was joining in support of The Moonlight Fund Retreats with free archery lessons to help returning wounded military personnel and their families.

The Moonlight Fund was founded by burn survivors, Henry F. Coffeen III and Celia Belt with additional support from the medical team at S.A.M.M.C., Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and executives at Ernst & Young to provide services to burn, blast and amputee survivors. The Moonlight Fund has a commitment to emotional, financial and in-kind goods and services since 1998.

Moonlight Fund Co-Founder, Celia Belt chats with board member and wounded Soldier Adam Harris.

In 2012, the fund was chosen as the top non-profit in the nation by the Fisher House / Newman’s Own Foundation. This award was specific to their tailor made retreats and ability to provide a variety of services with low overhead.

Operation Bows and Heroes is operated by Tink Nathan, Founder of Tink’s Deer Hunting Products. A life-long archer, bowhunting legend and patriot, Mr. Nathan is also a Certified Archery Coach/Instructor.

In addition to the Moonlight Fund Retreats, Tink Nathan’s Camp Verde Outpost Ranch, Camp Verde, Texas is both a refuge and an empowering experience. Operation Bows and Heroes’ training volunteers and archery instructors provide one-on-one personal archery training and education to wounded soldiers and their families at the Moonlight Fund Retreats. They also provide each attendee complimentary archery bows, crossbows, arrows, targets and equipment to take home with them after a fun filled weekend of triumphs.

Mr. Nathan noted, “We work hard to make a good match of trainers and equipment to the participants, depending on the soldier’s injuries, to maximize the results. The experience is a good physical challenge as well as a self-esteem builder. Our soldier’s families have also found the archery lessons to be one of their favorite activities as well as the most requested activity.”

Nathan continued, “We obviously need help in supporting this amazing program for our wounded soldiers and their families. A typical archery set up costs, on average $950.00. Much of the cost depends upon the particular injuries and abilities of the participant as what type of equipment works best for each situation. Additional costs include the use of retreat sites, lodging, food and transportation for our wounded soldiers and families.”

Operation Bows and Heroes and The Moonlight Fund are requesting financial donations and new and used archery equipment to help continue these worthy programs. The Moonlight Fund is a 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit organization where all donations are tax-deductible Donations may be sent to:
The Moonlight Fund
676 Highgate Dr.
Bandera, TX 78003.

If you own an archery company, your products would make a huge difference. If you are a bowhunter/archer and have some used archery equipment laying around not being used, please think about donating it to Operation Bows and Heroes through The Moonlight Fund. Cash donations are also encouraged. More information can be found at www.moonlightfund.org