Freedom Alliance is set to host another “Salute to Our Heroes” retreat at Smith Mountain Lake. Approximately 15-20 of our nation’s injured service members will enjoy a few days of adventurous outdoor sports and other therapeutic and relaxing activities May 23-26.  

Freedom Alliance, along with the Smith Mountain Lake Pistol Shooting Association, the Wounded Warriors Project, the W.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center, and the Smith Mountain Striper Club are all co-sponsoring this year’s event at the 4-H Center.

“It is an honor to provide our services to the men and women who have selflessly served our nation,” said Peter Fisette, president of Smith Mountain Lake Pistol Shooting Association. “We will ensure these days of fun and excitement won’t be soon forgotten.”

On Thursday, May 24, the Smith Mountain Striper Club will take the wounded vets out on the lake for a day of fishing and enjoyment.

On Friday, May 25, the SML Pistol Shooting Association will host the vets for a day of pistol shooting at the John G. Rocovich Jr. Sports Shooting Complex along with a day of outdoor archery events (weather permitting).

The retreat helps injured service members build friendships and memorable experiences with others who have been through similar service-connected serious injuries.

Erik Stolhanske, a noted writer, producer, actor and member of the comedy group “Broken Lizard,” will provide motivational encouragement during the four-day retreat. Stolhanske, who appeared in “Super Troopers,” “Club Dread” and “Puddle Cruiser,” will entertain the injured service members with his motivational rendition of “Irrational Determination and Foolish Perseverance.”

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