NORTH ANSON, Maine — The Maine Wounded Warrior Program’s 2012 Machine Gun Shoot is not until mid-October, but those interested must apply soon, an organizer says.
“Priority goes to combat-wounded veterans but we certainly wouldn’t turn down a [Combat Infantry Badge]-wearing grunt without a Purple Heart,” Maine Infantry Foundation member Nehemiah Nattress said recently. “Any combat action or theater of operation is applicable, and the more diverse the better.”
The nonprofit Maine Infantry Foundation oversees a college scholarship program for the children of fallen soldiers and hardship grants for Maine military families. Members are volunteering to help out at the October combat veteran machine gun shoot, and are sponsoring an “oldest shooter” award for one of the participants.
Andy Williams, owner and operator of Williams Machine Gun Range in North Anson, which is hosting the public event, said more than 20 wounded warriors took part in last year’s event.
“I’m going to supply them with 30, possible 40, machine guns they can shoot,” he said Wednesday. “They can shoot anything they want.”
Photos of last year’s shoot are posted on his website. The funds raised during the event will go toward Maine Wounded Warriors Rehabilitation Program, which supports those injured in combat. All participants will be required to complete a participant and medical release form and a release of liability. These forms can be obtained through email at MaineWoundedWarriorProgram@gmail.com.