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Bank of Labor "INSIGHT" August 2013

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ISSUE 3 AUGUST 2013 Capital Area Shoot T he Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) holds over 25 sporting clay events across the country each year. The 5th Annual AFL-CIO Capital Area Sporting Clays Shoot was the USA's largest grossing event in the history of their shooting program. Year after year, the Capital Area Shoot has helped set the pace for a program that nearly doubled in the number of shooters and money raised in two years. Thanks to the support of Bank of Labor, the many sponsoring unions, companies and individual shooters who participated, this year's shoot grossed an impressive $131,700. That money raised will play an integral part in USA's effort to unite the union community to educate future generations of sportsmen and women, conserve wildlife habitat and volunteer for projects that improve access to quality places to hunt, fish and shoot. Wounded Warriors In addition, the shoot brought together nearly 200 union members, shooting enthusiasts, volunteers and guests including Wounded Warriors, veterans and military family members representing the Army, Special Operations and Marines. USA again worked with Pepper Ailor, the Director of Programs at Freedom Alliance, to provide wounded servicemen and women an opportunity to engage in an activity they enjoyed before their injuries and to prove to themselves that they can still enjoy activities such as clay shooting. Says Ailor, "For the wounded soldier or Marine, coming home from war demands an ensuing combat to regain health and wellness. The Freedom Alliance understands that therapy can occur outside of the hospital— outside being the operative word. Events like the USA sporting clay shoots provide several key elements: a casual, low-stress and safe environment, activities that our troops enjoy and beneficial time away from the military base or medical unit." Moved by the presence of the nine American heroes, the crowd gave the Wounded Warriors a standing ovation. "It's important to acknowledge their sacrifices." Ailor said.

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