Outdoor Channel honors Liberty High School graduate wounded in Iraq

July 20, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 2 p.m. July 20, 2011

Retired U.S. Army Spc. Rory Dunn, a 2000 Liberty High School graduate, survived devastating injuries caused by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Now, as a display of gratitude for Dunn’s sacrifice, the Outdoor Channel whisked the former soldier deep into the heart of Texas for a whitetail deer hunt. Crews filmed the expedition for “Grateful Nation” — a show about disabled veterans on a hunt alongside host Tim Abell, a former Army Airborne Ranger.

Dunn’s episode is scheduled to air at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and 4:30 p.m. July 24 on the Outdoor Channel, channel 406 on Comcast.

In the episode, Dunn returns to South Texas and the Catarosa Ranch in the famed “Golden Triangle” of big game hunting.

Dunn also made a surprise appearance on “Grateful Nation” last year to reunite with a combat buddy.

In 2004, Dunn sustained catastrophic wounds in Iraq — a traumatic brain injury, loss of vision and hearing, and other severe injuries. Doctors estimated his chance of survival at 2 percent.

In the aftermath, Dunn’s mother, Cynthia Lefever, embarked on a journey to improve medical care for wounded veterans returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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