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By Shauna Salinas/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — On Aug. 29, Trinidad “TJ” Cantu, III of Wellington flew to Bangor, Maine through a group called Hunting with Soldiers to experience a great bear hunt.
Cantu joined the Army in 2003 as a combat engineer. Attached to a transport unit from West Virginia, he trained in Ft. Brag, N.C. before deploying with the 20th Airborne Engineers to Balad, Iraq in 2004. During the 16-month Operation Iraq Freedom, the division carried out over 165 combat missions. Cantu enlisted through 2011.
He is married to Sarah Cantu and they have three children who all attend Wellington schools. Trinidad is 13, Samarra 8 and Alora 4. TJ has worked at TxDOT for five years.
Funded by corporate support and donations, Hunting with Soldiers helps combat veterans from all wars according to Melton. The organization supports mental healing for wounds that are not seen and that need the most natural medication he said. That natural medication is the great outdoors.
The combat veteran focus is to aid in their efforts to recover from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) through the outdoors. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Hunting with Soldiers can be reached by email at email@example.com, visit huntingwithsoldiers.org or call 806-346-7248.
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Gordon Melton created Hunting with Soldiers, Inc. in 2007 in an effort to give back to those that have sacrificed so much for freedom. He believes that the great outdoors is a far better approach to mental healing than any medications.