PADUCAH, KY. -- Staff Sergeant Cecilio Ponce was injured in an explosion while in Iraq in 2007. Since then, Ponce has used the HOOAH program as a method to heal.
The program stands for "Healing Outside Of A Hospital" and is set up to give wounded soldiers a chance to forget about their injuries by participating in outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.
Several years ago, Ponce experienced his first event with the HOOAH program.
"I didn't really know what to expect from the program," Ponce said.
He credits the program as helping save his life, by getting his mind off of the normal routine that he had become accustomed to.
"You are back and forth, in and out of hospitals, and going to appointments and it gets hard on you," Ponce said. "So for me, spending a weekend on the lake here with everyone else, you cant beat that. It is so relaxing."