The Green Beret Challenge is an obstacle course that challenges not only your physical capabilities, but mental also. I was approached by Gold Star wife Amanda Rada, who lost her husband Jeff several years ago, he was attached to the 7th Group Special Forces here at Ft. Bragg at the time. She wanted to compete for several reasons, Jeff’s birthday was coming up, and she wanted to honor him by competing in this event and she loves this kind of challenge. So with a phone call to my good friend MSG. Johnny Crocker, a Special Forces instructor explaining this, he was all in, within a few days he not only had a team in place, but one of those wanting to be on the team was his wife Cara.

So we had a 2 man, and a 2 women team, “Team Patriot Hunts”. There were around 25-30 teams competing with a mix of men and women. The times and teams were all staggered and started at different intervals. Amanda was very nervous only wishing to finish this event in Jeff;s honor, not really caring what place they finished in. Little did she know that my buddy Johnny, was a competitor and seasoned instructor that did not know what the word quit meant. After around 2 hours after the start I look up, and the first 4 person team to emurge from the woods was Patriot Hunts! I could not believe my eyes, they were doing it in (SF) fashion and going for it. Once again they dissapeared dragging their tires and poles they had rigged up thinking they were almost finished they were instructed that there were several more miles that lay ahead. After another hour had passed, we saw them come from the tree line once again, struggling through the last 300 yards of mud, sludge, belly crawling through the swamp with the finish line in sight this time, their faces muddy, straine by the sun and fatigue of the last 3 hours, they pushed on. Once they were within 100 yards of the finsih line they regrouped as so finish all at the same time. I was so proud of all of them, it was a long hard day, not for the meek let me say, but they pressed on and beleive it or not, they finished (3rd) out of 25 four man teams! Congrats to Team Patriot Hunts, Johnny, Cara, Amanda, & Andrew for a great job competing and also honoring SFC Jeff Rada.  Well Done.  HooYah!


Patriot Hunts is dedicated to providing outdoor experiences for our Wounded Warriors, and Gold Star children of fallen heroes. With all of us sportsman and Patriots working together, we truly can make a difference in the life of a soldier who has chosen to lay his life at the altar of freedom on our behalf. These men and women have not only paid a physical and mental price, some have paid the ultimate price, for their fellow man. The cost of freedom is not measured in dollars, and it is paid for by patriots in our armed forces, by their courage, their commitment, and their willingness to stand in harms way for this country.

Stepping up and either volunteering or through your generous donations we can give back to the children of our fallen brothers, and help give them the guidance that their parent they have lost would have loved to be here to do. So it is with great pride and honor that we even have this opportunity and accept this challenge to reach out a helping hand.

The thought of a single Gold Star child being forgotten, and never having the opportunity to witness a sunrise from a duck blind, or hear a turkey gobble after flying down from the roost, or see a flock of geese fly over a deer stand while hunting, is just heartbreaking, so help us to make that dream come true for these deserving kids that have been devastated by lose, by donating.

Helping to empower Gold Star Children of fallen heroes through outdoor therapy. 

By supporting this effort, your giving so many deserving kids an opportunity to experience things through hunting & fishing they may have never been given the chance to.

Take the time to help give back to those soldiers who have sacrificed so much.

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