TULSA, OK--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2012) - Shooting sportsmen now have a great excuse to visit their local shooting ranges over Veteran's Day weekend (Nov. 8-11, 2012) as many facilities will be participating in Patriot Range Day to help provide educational scholarships for the families of soldiers killed or disabled in combat.
Over the course of that weekend, participating public and private shooting ranges nationwide will request a minimum of $1 for each shooter for the Folds of Honor Foundation. Patriot Range Day is being led by NRA Country and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) with support from Outdoor Channel, Bushnell, North American Hunter, Budweiser, SoundGear and Academy of Country Music. To find more information or to get your local range involved, visit www.patriotrangeday.com.
"American sportsmen have a long history of 'giving back' and, in that spirit, I know they will enthusiastically support and participate in the Patriot Range Day program," said Doug Painter, senior advisor and former president and CEO of NSSF. "This effort gives all of us the opportunity to support the families of those killed or disabled while serving our country."
Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has raised more than $21 million and awarded more than 3,600 educational scholarships. Major Dan Rooney, a former F-16 fighter pilot, launched Folds of Honor following the second of three tours of duty in Iraq. After returning from his second tour, Rooney witnessed a profound display of a family's grief as they welcomed home the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin. Inspired by this tragic homecoming of a fallen American soldier, Rooney started Folds of Honor to support military families in the aftermath of their tragedies.
"There are more than one million dependents of fallen and wounded service men and women from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts alone and 87 percent do not qualify for federal education assistance," added Rooney. "That is not acceptable. It is up to the rest of us to ensure that no family members are left behind when it comes to education."
Patriot Range Day is patterned after Patriot Golf Day, a national promotion supported by The PGA of America and United States Golf Association, that has been held over Labor Day weekend since 2007. Thousands of golf facilities across the country accept donations and host special events to support Folds of Honor.