Paralyzed veterans take their best shot

By  | 

HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Members of the West Virginia chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America gathered at The Bow Shop in Hepzibah Friday, as they swapped stories and took part in an archery clinic.

Brooks Martin, the president of the chapter, said events like these can be therapeutic.

"They can get out and have fellowship with other disabled veterans who are in the same shape that they're in," said Martin, who traveled from Charleston for the event. "It lifts their spirits and it means the world to them."

Due to the weather, the turnout was lower than expected, but Martin tries to schedule as many events as he can to help his fellow veterans.

"[The purpose is] to get them out of the house where they don't feel like the four walls are closing in on them," Martin said.

The West Virginia chapter was formed in 1992. The 33 chapters across the country work to support veterans with spinal chord injuries.

The organization caters to the special needs of members. It advocates for quality health care, promotes research and education regarding spinal chord injuries, and weighs in on civil rights issues that affect members.

The event Friday marked the third time The Bow Shop hosted the group. The owner, Harold Cogar, said he jumped at the opportunity to host the veterans free of charge.

"I'm a veteran myself," Cogar said. "And I feel that they don't get enough recognition. So if I can do something small to help them out, I'm more than willing to do it."