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Updated: 01/10/2018 08:30:01AM

Putnam helps recognize disabled veterans

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Ceremonial flag raising at Operation Outdoor Freedom earlier this year at the Peace River State Forest in DeSoto County.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam.

State administrators in DeSoto County on Friday included Dave Hunt (left) and Jim Karels with Florida Forestry Service and Adam Putnam, agriculture commissioner.

Former U.S. Army Sgt. Henry Katter gave remarks during Friday's event in DeSoto County.

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Florida Forest Sevice honor guards at Operation Outdoor Freedom earlier this year welcoming veterans at the Peace River State Forest in DeSoto County.

PHOTOS BY CRAIG GARRETT

Florida Forest Sevice honor guards opened the Operation Outdoor Freedom welcoming at the Peace River State Forest in DeSoto County.

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Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, left, takes part in cutting the ribbon at the second camp for wounded veterans in Arcadia on Friday.

By CRAIG GARRETT

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DESOTO COUNTY — How fitting that a wild turkey gobbled in the distance.

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, a detachment of state forestry, wildlife and agriculture administrators and staff were in an isolated parcel of the Peace River State Forest Friday to kick off a program for disabled veterans. Operation Outdoor Freedom connects these men and women to outdoor adventures such as deep-sea fishing and weekend camping to help them heal or re-connect.

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