Purple Heart recipients bond in the woods of the Finger Lakes

When a roadside bomb struck Nicholas Vinogradov’s truck, the blast left him unconsioous with shrapnel in his hand and both eardrums ruptured, among other injuries. The Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient said despite his wounds suffered in combat, he has ways of coping.

“I would not do anything to put myself or others in harm’s way, but I would do what it takes to go on a dream hunt,” he said.

A dream hunt it was this past weekend for Vinogradov and two fellow Purple Heart recipients who bonded in the woods above Naples thanks to the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation Inc. and the event sponsor, the James R. Moore Memorial VFW Post 8726 in Naples.

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