Charity works to honor a fallen marine while helping others
SUTTON, Neb. (KSNB) - Imagine a talented rodeo rider, and as they come to the end of your high school years you are getting several full ride scholarships to college for rodeo. Now imagine you put all of that aside to fight for your country in the war on terror. That’s the story of Hunter “HD” Hogan.
According Hunter’s dad, Steve Hogan, the promising rodeo rider joined the marines out of a sense of duty to his country and family legacy.
During his first deployment overseas in Afghanistan, Hunter was killed. In the wake of that tragedy Hunter’s father and wife worked to form the HD Foundation.
The foundation does several things for both veterans and children of fallen military members. Steve said the it traces it’s inspiration back to watching other families grieved alongside him.
“For me when this thing kinda blew up after the funeral, and seeing all the pain of the other gold star families that night at Dover Air Force Base, my thoughts are what can we do relieve some of the stress and grief and try to bring some happiness into these peoples’ lives and that is what we have done,” Steve said.
Rodeo has continued to open doors for Steve. He had even met people who are now helping with events held by the foundation, including Homer Kalinka, who met Steve while at a rodeo.
“Oh it’s wonderful, I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing HD personally, but honestly through the foundation I feel like I can understand, I almost feel like I knew him,” Kalinka said. “It’s kinda weird and hard to explain. The opportunities and what this foundation has done for me I mean I can’t even explain it.”
The HD Foundation is set to have a golf tournament in HD’s honor, at the Fox Hollow golf course in Sutton. The event is set to start at 8 a.m.
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