Original article here.
Big thanks to the author, John McAdams!
Since they are veteran owned and operated businesses, Kok & Seyffert Big Game Hunting and Big Game Hunting Adventures both care a great deal about supporting other veterans. For this reason, they are teaming up with the Send-A-Vet Foundation to send Michael Stilson, a wounded veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps until injuries he suffered in Iraq cut his career short, on an all-expenses-paid African safari in 2017.
Mike served with B Company of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and deployed with the unit to Iraq’s Anbar Province in 2007. He suffered severe injuries to his left arm and right leg from an Improvised Explosive Device while on a dismounted patrol in Saqlawia (just northwest of Fallujah) during September 2007.
After spending many months recovering from his wounds, Mike eventually left the Marine Corps and returned to Clarkston, Washington, where he now lives with his wife and son. A serious outdoor enthusiast before joining the Marine Corps, Mike still enjoys hunting deer and elk each fall.
While he was working at a sporting goods store in Lewiston, Idaho, Mike met MarkDaniel Brasel while Mark was purchasing hunting licenses for a Send-A-Vet sponsored Idaho bear hunt (read our profile on Send-A-Vet here). After realizing Mike was also a wounded veteran, Mark invited him to join them on a future bear hunt with Send-A-Vet, where he successfully took a nice bear and developed a great relationship with the other veterans he met on the hunt.
Early this year, the Send-A-Vet Foundation selected him as the lucky wounded veteran to receive the 2017 South Africa plains game hunt donated by Big Game Hunting Adventures and Kok & Seyffert Big Game Hunting.
During August of 2017, they’ll host Mike on a 7 day hunt for kudu, impala, and warthog in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. They will cover all expenses associated with the actual hunt in South Africa and the Send-A-Vet Foundation will pay for his round trip air fare from the United States to South Africa.
Stay tuned for more updates on how Mike’s hunt goes!