Woodcraft Supports Patriot Woodworker Project to Thank Veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan ConflictsComments (0)
A wounded veteran who served nearly 10 years in Iraq and Afghanistan and his family are being honored by The Patriot Woodworker organization with a Christmas meal and presents for the children. Four corporate sponsors, including Woodcraft, are providing prizes for the organization’s fundraiser to finance the project.
“Every year we adopt a Wounded Warrior or Gold Star family for Christmas through Operation Ward 57,” Patriot Woodworker founder John Morris said. “We sponsor a raffle, supported by generous businesses, to honor the veteran and his or her family with food and gifts. So far our raffle participants have raised about $2,000 each year, and we hope that will hold true this year.”
Raffle tickets are available in seven different amounts from $2 to $100. A $2 ticket enters the purchaser’s name one time in the random drawing; the other six dollar amounts offer multiple drawing entries from 3 to 110. Tickets will be available through Dec. 31, 2021.
prizes include: from Woodcraft, a two-year subscription to Woodcraft Magazine, a Florip Toolworks 9" Dovetail Saw and a
ONEWAY Bowl Steady; from Laguna, a 14|12 Bandsaw; from Easy Wood Tools a Full
Size Finisher and a Mid Size Finisher; and from General Finishes, three
eight-can selections of various finishes .
names will be randomly drawn after the benefit closes and announced in about 48
hours. To learn more or to donate, visit thepatriotwoodworker.com.
“Woodcraft appreciates the opportunity to partner with The Patriot Woodworker to say ‘thank you’ to Sgt. Mike Hulsey during this holiday season,” Woodcraft President and CEO Jack Bigger said.
Meet Sgt. Mike Hulsey
Family – Mike and his wife Meaghan
have been married 19 years and have three children, Austin, a college freshman;
Elizabeth, who will soon turn 17; and Wyatt, who is 7. The Hulseys reside in
Military Service – A month after Mike
Hulsey began his US Army training as a generator mechanic the 9/11 attacks
forever changed his country and initiated events that would lead him to nearly
10 years of overseas deployments, primarily in the Middle East. In a matter of
months he was attached to the 1st Marine Corps division, an infantry company, which
was sent first to Kuwait and then to Baghdad as the invasion of Iraq began.
reenlisted with the option to change his career field and ended up reclassified
as an NBC man. He volunteered to go to Fort Campbell where he received NBC (Nuclear,
Biological and Chemical) Warfare Training and eventually was in Baghdad again, a
deployment marked by three IED attacks and a house-to-house search that turned
into a violent attack in which Hulsey and an interpreter were wounded.
were finally able to eliminate the threat and moved out to receive aid,” Hulsey
said. “I would later be awarded a Purple Heart for injuries related to this
incident; however, unfortunately it was an IED that truly injured me during
he returned to Fort Campbell, Hulsey said he saw a spine specialist for lower
back and hip pain. He was not able to recover and the condition worsened. He
eventually deployed with the same company but to Afghanistan. He was assigned
to the Tactical Operations Center and the radio until his condition improved or
he knew what a surgeon could do for injuries.
At the end of the third deployment he was medically
discharged and later had spinal surgery to correct ruptured discs in his back
and to replace both hips.
Sgt. Mike Hulsey and his wife Meaghan earlier in his military career.
Elizabeth, Austin and Wyatt Hulsey team up to do some baking.
Retirement – Now retired, Hulsey enjoys time with his family, including service dog Crocker, fishing, working at his fly tying bench, or making duck calls (see photo below). He also does woodworking with Meaghan, including wood shaving kits (see below).
One of the duck calls Sgt. Hulsey makes.
Woodworkers Mike and Meaghan Hulsey create wood shaving kits like this one.
To learn more about Sgt. Hulsey, visit thepatriotwoodworker.com.
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the skilled craft of woodworking and all of its related disciplines.
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