Hunter HD Hogan was just 2 months from graduation and had been offered 4 full ride scholarships from different schools, when he decided to join the US Marine Corps. His Dad, Steve Hogan, was not happy with him. His Dad is a Marine veteran.
“(I kind of unloaded on him). Why not go get that college piece of paper and if you still want to go into the Marines, go in as an officer.” Steve Hogan to his son
“Dad, we’ve had family members invoved in every conflict this country has had since the Revolutionary War. It’s not fair for me to go on to college rodeo, while guys my age are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan…It seems to me that there was another dumbass in our family that turned down a scholarship and joined the Corps. Yeah, that was you, wasn’t it Dad?” Hunter Hogan to his father.
Marine Lance Corporal Hunter Hogan was killed on June 23, 2012 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Since that fateful day when Steve said “My boy is home,” and the body of his son was solemnly carried from the aircraft, he has worked tirelessly to turn a “negative into a positive” through the Hunter HD Hogan Foundation. Even though they had become a “Gold Star Family,” they knew they had to turn the situation into something for good. They wanted to touch the lives of others.
In the last 4 1/2 years, they have given out thirty $1,000 rodeo scholarships.
They’ve had benefits that were organized events like a “sand volleyball tournament,” or a golf tournament that on one hole you teed off with an an AR-15 golf ball launcher. Every hole had something different.
This year’s event promises to be much more than that…
The first day will be a bull ride on June 16. The “Wall of Remembrance on the Global War on Terror” will be brought out to the two day event from California.
June 17, 2018, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. CDT, there will be a benefit dinner, speakers, and Steve says that 2 Medal of Honor recipients will be in attendance. Tickets to the dinner are only available online at http://www.circlehdrodeo.org/ – they are $50 each. Tickets to the bull ride are available online and at the gate.
It will be held at the Lazy Horse Brewery and Winery in Ohiowa, Nebraska. One hundred sixty acres in a horse pasture that will feature bull riding. There will be many different custom weapons for purchase, including live and silent auctions. Guns for sale will be a 12 gauge shotgun, as well as a custom Glock, and an AR pistol made by SD Tactical Arms.
From their Press Release:
“The Buckin’ at the Brewery HD Hogan Bull Ride and Benefit Dinner is our main event of the year. We are kicking the weekend off with the Bull Ride on Saturday, June 16th. Tickets are available online ($13) and at the door ($15). This event will feature 30 Bulls and 30 Riders, a $1000 Bounty Bull for the winner of the event, Mutton Bustin’ for kids 60lbs and under, a military tribute, food, drinks and much more!
The next night is the HD Hogan Benefit & Dinner. Tickets are available online (only $50) and include dinner provided by Kerry’s Restaurant (from McCool, NE), live entertainment, beer, wine, a cash bar, a live and silent auction, and the Wall Of Remembrance On The Global War on Terror. The main auction item will be an African Game Hunt for two lucky hunters to harvest 6 animals with a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient accompanying them on their hunt.
Our guest speaker is Melissa Jarboe – Author of Sacrificed, founder of the Jamie Jarboe Foundation now named the Military Veteran Project, and a wounded warrior spouse turned widow with an incredible story to tell.”
The profits from their annual benefit are split 50/50 with the Hunter HD Foundation and Base Camp 40, a program for wounded warriors and Gold Star families that help recipients go hunting, and spend time outdoors as a vehicle for healing.
Steve and his family truly are “touching the lives” of others with their foundation. We believe Lance Corporal Hunter Hogan would be proud of his family’s accomplishments in the few years since he’s been gone. We can almost hear him shout “Semper Fi, Dad.”