Charity works to honor fallen sailor while helping others

SUTTON, Neb. (KSNB) – Imagine a talented rodeo racer, and by the end of your high school years, you get several full college rodeo scholarships. Now imagine putting all that aside to fight for your country in the war on terror. This is the story of Hunter “HD” Hogan.

According to Hunter’s father, Steve Hogan, the promising rodeo rider joined the Marines out of a sense of duty to his country and family heritage.

During his first overseas deployment to Afghanistan, Hunter was killed. Following this tragedy, Hunter’s father and wife worked to establish the HD Foundation.

The foundation does many things for veterans and the children of fallen service members. Steve said it goes back to the inspiration of watching other families grieve alongside him.

“For me when this thing kinda exploded 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 to ease some of the stress and grief and trying to bring some happiness into these people’s lives and that’s what we did,” Steve said.

Rodeo continued to open doors for Steve. He had even met people who now attend events organized by the foundation, including Homer Kalinka, who met Steve at a rodeo.

“Oh that’s wonderful, I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing HD personally, but honestly, thanks to the foundation, I feel like I can understand, I almost feel like I know him” , Kalinka said. “It’s a little weird and hard to explain. The opportunities and what this foundation has done for me, I can’t even explain.

The HD Foundation is organizing a golf tournament in HD’s honor at the Fox Hollow golf course in Sutton. The event is due to start at 8 a.m.

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