SCI/SCIF has a long history of supporting the men and women serving in our country’s armed services.
The support comes in many forms. Whether it is through SCIs many chapters establishing initiatives to send a wounded veteran on the hunt of a lifetime, SCI members participating in the wreath ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, direct contributions to veteran recovery groups such as Rivers of Recovery or Wounded Warriors, SCI has been steadfast in supporting America’s men and women serving in our military.
The first SCI-sponsored event called "Operation Freedom Safari” occurred in 2006. It was the first official African hunt contributed to American combat veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hosted on the successful Operation Freedom Safari was former U.S. Army Sgt. Joe Tormala of Michigan.
The hunt was filmed and shown on The Outdoor Channel, resulting in other organizations and interests following suit by offering hunting adventures to veterans.
The most recent support given by SCI to veterans is the annual sponsored hunt that will be auctioned at the annual Veteran’s Breakfast at the 2020 SCI Convention. The auction winner will be the sponsor of the combat veteran chosen from all applications sent in from members across the country.
The SCIF Veterans Committee will select the lucky veteran to receive the hunt from the submitted applications on July 16, 2019.