Tuesday, Nov 05 2013 06:00 AM

Raffle proceeds benefit military veterans' group

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From left to right, Butch Hearn, Candy Hearn, and Casey Schaubschlager pose with the raffled rifle at Southern Shooter Supply, 120 E. "F" St. The raffle netted more than $3,200. Funds were donated to Fraternity of the Ruptured Duck. Susan Lokey/Tehachapi News

Southern Shooter Supply donated a rifle Monday, Oct. 14, to help support the Fraternity of the Ruptured Duck.

A raffle to give away the rible netted more than $3,200. Donations to FRD go toward the group's activities and travel costs.

FRD is a band of brothers that offers support for honorably discharged combat veterans. The fraternity enables its members to share their feelings related to their military experience, as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"The Ruptured Duck" was originally a pin, often worn on a soldier's lapel, that was awarded to honorably discharged veterans of all branches of the military dating back as far as the Revolutionary War in 1776.

The "Ruptured Duck" emblem was adopted by the War Department five months after the World War II to represent a veteran's honor and faithfulness in the service to the Untied States of America. The pin can be seen on the uniforms or civilian attire of veterans.

Casey Schaubschlager, president of FRD said, "FRD and I are so grateful to the community and to (Southern Shooter owners) Butch and Candy for helping us get off the ground. And just a huge thank you for all the support. It is humbling, as a whole."

Schaubschlager was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2002 until 2006, completing three tours in Iraq. His tours of duty included Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 and 2 and Ramadi, Iraq.

Southern Shooters Supply is located at 120 E. "F" St. in Downtown Tehachapi.

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