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Wounded vet's true love: Country and outdoors

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Pat Corcoran lives apretty adventurous life. He's trapped gators in the Everglades, hunted blackbears in the woods – and he's done it all from his wheelchair.

"I now scuba dive;I've hunted and fished and shot firearms and things in ways I hadn't done whenI wasn't injured," Corcoran said.  

He is a war veteran, a PurpleHeart recipient who came back from serving his country in a wheelchair.

Thanks to WoundedWarriors in Action, he's still able to what he loves. After 20 years in activeduty, John McDaniel decided he wasn't done serving and founded WWIA.

"I decided tocombine the things I was most passionate about: Our country, our heroes who getwounded serving her, and the great outdoors. So I combined those three thingsand I came up with the Wounded Warriors Foundation," he said.

He's helped over 150wounded veterans from across the country do what they love most: get back intothe great outdoors. Corcoran is just one of the veterans who find healingthrough staying active and believes "therapy for your soul happens out onthe water."

It's the kind of help adoctor can't give, he said. Wounded Warriors in Action connects with these menand women in a way only a fellow veteran can.

"The real dealcombat wounded purple heart recipients who bled for our country and connectthem with sportsmen from all across the country – to welcome them home to saythanks for what you did and to honor and respect what they've done for ourcountry," McDaniel said.

In the last year,Wounded Warriors in Action has hosted 15 events across the world, and they hopeto reach even more veterans in 2014.

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