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Marksmanship challenge in The Woodlands to benefit Texas Marines Medal of Honor Fund

March 7, 2019

Residents of Montgomery County are invited to shoot for a cause when the second annual Texas Medal of Honor Marksmanship Challenge comes to The Woodlands on May 19.

Proceeds will benefit the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation — the oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarship funds to military children in the United States — and will go toward supporting the new Montgomery County chapter of Combined Arms, an association of more than 40 organizations designed to support the more than 50,000 veterans in Montgomery County in their transition to civilian life.

“In many cases (scholarship recipients) are the first in their family to get a higher education,” said co-organizer Steven Hummer, who retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2015 as a lieutenant general. “This is a scholarship that will help them get over the hump of getting started in college.”

The event, held at the Saddle River Range, located at 4820 FM 1488, is hosted by the Texas Marines Medal of Honor Fund, a volunteer organization dedicated to honoring the service of the 17 Navy and Marine Medal of Honor recipients from Texas.

Marine Corps veteran Sheri Hummer said the event began in 2017 as a golf tournament, the proceeds from which went to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. In June 2018, the organization decided to put on a marksmanship challenge instead, and added Combined Arms as a beneficiary.

“(Combined Arms is) in the process of extending their reach into Montgomery County,” Sheri said.

The challenge also provides a great benefit to scholarship recipients — Texas falls in the top three states in the nation where students receive the most scholarships from the fund.

“We really appreciate the support that folks in Montgomery County and greater Houston have give to our organization,” Steven Hummer said. “They’re generous, they care…they support military veterans.”

The marksmanship challenge will begin at 5 p.m. and dinner will be provided.

mrincon@chron.com