Commissioner Adam Putnam Invites Purple Heart Recipients to Participate in Special Purple Heart Day Event

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam invites Purple Heart recipients and their families to participate in a special Operation Outdoor Freedom event on Purple Heart Day, Aug. 7, at Camp Prairie in Lake Wales, Fla.

Interested Purple Heart recipients can find additional information and RSVP by Thursday, Aug. 3, by emailing Participants will enjoy barbecue and rides on an airboat and a swamp buggy.

“Operation Outdoor Freedom is one small way we can give back to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “I’m proud to host a Purple Heart Day event for the first time during this program to honor our nation’s Purple Heart recipients.”

Since the program was launched in 2011, Operation Outdoor Freedom has hosted more than 3,000 wounded veterans on more than 400 outdoor events, such as guided alligator hunts, deer and hog hunts, quail and turkey hunts, freshwater fishing, canoeing and more.

Wounded veterans participate in these events on state forests, private lands and along the state’s coast, and the excursions are funded through private donations. Camp Prairie, a first-of-its-kind camp, consists of a fully equipped campground with sleeping facilities, a screened kitchen, pavilion, dining area and restroom facility.

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