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Friday, August 14, 2015

“I Can’t Thank You Guys Enough”

They rose to their feet as one some 5,280 feet above sea level. Members and volunteers from the Denver Mile High Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation gratefully stood to applaud the service and sacrifice by a decorated Army veteran.

Corporal Mike Alsop served in the U.S. Army for five years. In 2007, while stationed with the 25th Infantry Division in Iraq, he suffered a series of debilitating injuries from a roadside bomb that ripped apart his Humvee. Among them were a broken pelvis and knee, 13 fractured vertebrae, a crushed tailbone, broken ribs, punctured and collapsed lungs, ruptured spleen, injuries to both shoulders and a moderate traumatic brain injury. Alsop later received a medical retirement in 2008. 

For Alsop, his adventure with the Mile High Chapter was only beginning. An auctioneer stepped behind the microphone to plug a turkey hunt for the wounded warrior. RMEF members responded in a big way. What resulted was a team effort, a memorable outing in Colorado’s high country, a downed turkey and a humble and grateful acknowledgement by Alsop: “I can’t thank you guys enough.” 

Watch the video below.

Our thanks to the Mile High Chapter, RMEF members, the Colorado leadership team, the volunteers who organized and carried out the hunt, and especially to Mike Alsop. Thank you Mike for your dedicated service to our country!

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