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Legion helps heroes with hunt

Neil Erusha, Jim Leland, Mike Montgomery, Legion Commander Adam Hopp and Dave Schiel gathered at the Solon American Legion Wednesday, Oct. 9, for Montgomery to present Hopp with a plaque commemorating a recent Hunting with Heroes trip to Wyoming made possible by the family of Don Erusha.

SOLON– After Don Erusha’s passing in March, his son Mike asked Solon American Legion Past Commander Jim Leland’s help in finding two disabled veterans interested in an antelope hunt in Wyoming.
Mike Erusha, a resident of Wyoming, is part of the organization “Hunting with Heroes Wyoming” which honors disabled veterans with an all-expense paid, guided antelope hunt out of Casper, Wyo.
“I found two very qualified veterans that fit the bill,” Leland said.
Solon native Mike Montgomery, Mount Vernon, and Dave Schiel, Cedar Rapids, are both retired combat Marines who served in the Vietnam War, he said.
Hunting with Heroes Wyoming’s mission is to disabled veterans with unique hunting, fishing and other outdoor experiences.
The hunt, dedicated to Don Erusha, was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14-15, on private property with a total 14 veterans. Accompanying Scheil was Harry Hopp and Leland accompanied Montgomery. Each veteran had a personal guide, Leland said.
The antelopes taken on the hunt were processed through a local locker and given back to the veterans.
Evening meals were provided with a barbecue at the VFW Club, a Mexican buffet at the hotel and a prime rib dinner at the airport terminal with a program honoring Don Erusha. Also in attendance were Neil Erusha, Mike Erusha, Mike’s wife and son.
Montgomery and Schiel gathered with Solon Legion officials Wednesday, Oct. 9, for Montgomery to present current Post Commander Adam Hopp with a plaque, in Erusha’s memory, commemorating the trip.