Two wounded warrior Marine veterans experience the hunt of a lifetime. The two got the chance to hunt down a massive bull moose.
The two military veterans went to the great outdoors of Maine to hunt down their trophy moose. It’s been a literal dream come true for the two. Marine vets Johnny “Joey” Jones and Jake Schick are lifelong friends. Both were injured during the line of duty, serving their country. Jones is a double amputee, and Schick is also a single amputee.
Both Jones and Schick joined forces to hunt for the moose. They hit the Appalachian Trail with a group of hunting experts to track down the animal. The group spent about a week outdoors on the hunt for the moose, in what must have been the ultimate adventure for the two veterans.
“Everybody was involved,” Schick told Fox News. “That was a beautiful thing to see — from patriots, from state troopers to game wardens coming together and giving their time and literally carrying Joey all over … It just goes to show, when everyone comes together, anything’s possible.”
The Military Vets Hunt Moose and Embrace Life
Schick has embraced life and encouraged his fellow veterans to do the same. After battling depression himself, Schick started the 22KILL nonprofit organization. The nonprofit works with veterans as they adjust to civilian life and also mental health among veterans. The organization addresses substance abuse issues and the rate of suicides among military veterans. The organization combats such problems through empowerment, hunting moose for instance.
“Our mission is to let … families know that they’re worthy of living,” he said. “That they didn’t lose their purpose. That their best days aren’t behind them. Because we all have the same purpose, regardless. At the end of the day, it’s just to love and be loved.”
Schick lost one of his legs while serving overseas in 2004. A triple-stacked tank mine exploded in Schick and his unit’s vicinity. As a result, Schick was knocked 30 feet in the air, injured his head, and also lost a leg. The vet said he doesn’t try to compare injuries with his friend or with fellow soldiers.
“We don’t compare and contrast pain and suffering, because what you’re doing is you’re subconsciously belittling what’s made you who you are,” Schick said of his relationship with Jones.