Day, originally called Declaration Day, is a day to remember those who
have died in service to their country ? and outdoor enthusiasts have
always had a special appreciation of what these heroes put on the line
as a part of their commitment to protect our way of life.
That?s why Dewayne Tiller, General Manager of BowTech®
joined popular TV host Keith Warren of Hunting and Outdoor Adventures
with Keith Warren in a recent ?Sportsmen Saying Thanks? event in Texas
that offered participants a chance to truly give back to those who have
selflessly served our nation.
This was an opportunity for Bowtech to further demonstrate its
commitment to supporting our troops, as the company already contributes
a portion of the proceeds from each Bowtech Tribute? bow sale to the
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Each year, this
non-profit Veteran Service Organization offers comfort, support and
assistance to hundreds of American families who face the tragedy of
losing a loved one in the armed forces.
The two leaders headed an army of 110 volunteers as they converged on
the Brooke Army Medical Center to serve a Texas BBQ with all the
trimmings to 200-300 deserving soldiers just home from Iraq and
Afghanistan and on the mend in the rehab center.
Being able to see past the scars, to what was on the inside of these
brave veterans was a lesson no one in attendance is likely to forget,
according to Tiller. And the learning experience wasn?t just for
the adults, as many of the people who served were 10-13 year old
students from a local school. While waiting tables, picking up
plates or filling glasses, these children had the opportunity to get up
close and personal with true American heroes.
?The event meant a lot to the soldiers there, but it was a great eye
opener for me and other adults in attendance,? said Tiller. ?And
I believe it?s definitely something that made a lasting impression on
the kids there who had a chance to see that freedom comes with a
cost. Any time we have an opportunity to say thank you to these
men and women, we should, so they will understand what their sacrifices
mean to us all.?
Tiller understands what it means to be away from home and in
harm?s way. In 2003 he spent time in Iraq with a disaster relief
organization working on a water purification effort in the area.
?I know some of the sacrifices those serving overseas have made,? said
Tiller. ?It?s hard to be so far away from home.?
Tiller was right at home at the event in Texas however. ?The man
was a bull out there ? from conducting an inspiring opening
blessing to jumping from table to table feeding people all night long ?
he was tireless.? said Roger Bales, assistant to Keith
Over and above rolling up his sleeves to serve our nations finest at
the event, Tiller?s personal experience on the front lines motivated a
deep need to show his appreciation in another way. Upon meeting
two of the injured soldiers who shared their interest in bowhunting
with him, Tiller then arranged for custom-made BowTech Tribute Bows for
the two men.
?We were all happy to have this chance to serve those who have
selflessly provided service to our country,? said Tiller. ?It was
an honor to pay tribute to them for their sacrifices ? and to simply
say thank you.?
manufactures and distributes the world?s finest compound bows and
archery equipment. Founded in 1999, Bowtech?s corporate offices
are located on the outskirts of Eugene, Oregon. Bowtech divisions
include Waterdog Surface Technologies, formed in December 2003 and
Diamond Archery, acquired in September, 2004.