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On May 4, more than 40 Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) members gathered at the Rend Lake Shooting Complex, in southern Illinois about 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, for a Skeet and Trap-shoot hosted by the Rend Lake Conservancy District and sponsored by Anheuser-Busch Corporation and Vaughan PVA (Hines, Ill.). This event was not for competition or national points but to introduce people to the sport.

"The real goal is to get the disabled veterans out--to try something new and have fun," explained Anheuser-Busch's Tom Houlahan.

Many shooters were in the area for the PVA Bass Trail fishing tournament, which began the next day. Others just came out to try their luck. A few participants had never fired a shotgun. Others had not shot for a long time.

First-timers Becky Ballard and Jennifer Toby, recreational therapists from Jefferson Barracks Spinal Cord Unit, brought four veterans with them.

Shooting at this complex normally costs $25 for 100 clay targets. In addition, the sportsmen and -women need shotguns and must provide their own shells or buy them on-site. However, this event's sponsors paid for everything--even lunch.

The next Illinois Department of National Resources-sponsored shooting event for people with disabilities is the Third Annual Rend Lake Shooting Classic for Persons With Disabilities, scheduled for October 14. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. that day; actual shooting starts at 10:00 a.m. This is for beginning shooters and will include all disabilities. Cosponsors are the Rend Lake Conservancy District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Sesser-Valier Outdoorsmen Club.

Contact: Rend Lake Shooting Complex, (618) 629-2368.

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Title Annotation:Skeet and Trap-shoot competition at the Rend Lake Shooting Complex in Illinois
Author:Daley, Rich
Publication:PN - Paraplegia News
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2001
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