OTTUMWA — Veterans Affairs Director Terry L. Bradley said if veterans can bond over anything — the answer would have to be guns and food.
“What’s different this year is that we moved to the fall,” he said. “We’ll have warmer weather, last year we had this in January and we ended up freezing off our butts. It really is a fun family thing for them to engage with. You really can’t have a shootout without donuts. If veterans want to they can come with myself and others to watch the rivalry between Hawkeyes or Cyclones they can come watch the game with us.”
The shootout will happen at 8 a.m. on September 14 at 11220 90th Street. Bradley said this will be the third annual shootout, which will be open and free of charge to veterans and their immediate family members. Veterans have the opportunity to shoot as many targets as they would like and can bring their own weapons.
“We’ll have five rounds and there will be range masters available — hopefully no one will get hurt,” Bradley said with a laugh.
Donuts and spaghetti will be served. Bradley believes this shootout be successful.
“I’m really looking forward to veterans coming out and having a good time with significant others,” Bradley said. “This family outing is absolutely important and fun.”