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Warrior Mission Ranch hosts a rodeo to give veterans the experience of being a cowboy

Local non-profit helps to give veterans a new sense of purpose
A veteran cowboy hopes to rope a steer
Posted at 5:59 PM, Sep 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-13 11:06:39-04

PEYTON — On Sunday afternoon, crowds from Peyton came out to support Warrior Mission Ranch at their first rodeo and auction.

Founder of the local non-profit, Mike McCave, says that he struggled with finding a sense of purpose after he was forced to leave the military due to an injury.

Now, he works at the Warrior Mission Ranch where veterans can go through a program that teaches them how to be a cowboy, connects them with the agricultural business, and helps them find internships.

"Now I help veterans just to find purpose and link them up with the agricultural community. We go to different ranches throughout the West, and we have a vocational program. So today, it was really just getting the veterans and the community involved in a great sport," says McCave.

Today, many of the veterans that performed in the rodeo had no experience doing something like that in front of a crowd but it was an opportunity to experience what cowboy life could be like.

Warrior Mission Ranch's rodeo and auction go to support the organization and honor veterans of 9/11.

If you'd like to learn more about their work, you can visit the Warrior Mission Ranch website here.

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