Donald Trump Jr., oldest son of the president, stopped in Uvalde on Nov. 9 for a book signing and visit with those attending a Bucks for the Brave hunt at the Thumbtack Ranch near Batesville.
According to Uvalde County Emergency Management director Charlie Waller, Trump arrived around 2:30 p.m. at Garner Field Airport on a private jet from Houston and was driven to the Thumbtack Ranch by motorcade that included U.S. Secret Service and area law enforcement.
Once there, he signed copies of his book “Triggered” and delivered remarks about the president’s 2020 campaign and the state of the country. He departed around 4 p.m.
Trinity Oaks, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, sponsored the hunt for seven veterans who were selected to participate. Trinity Oak’s mission is to use hunting, fishing and outdoor activities to give back and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
By the end of last year, Trinity Oaks estimated that it had provided programming for more than 2,000-plus youth and families, 1,500-plus wounded warriors and hundreds more, while processing tens of thousands of pounds of game meat for homeless shelters and food pantries throughout Texas.
“We spare no costs for the veterans,” Waller said of the event for which he was in charge of cooking. “It was a healing hunt. We also celebrated the Marine Corps’ 244th birthday.”
In addition to the Thumbtack Ranch, Trinity Oaks operates the Guadalupe River Camp in Seguin and Paige’s Place at Port Mansfield.
“By supporting Trinity Oaks you are personally teaching impoverished youth how to properly handle and respect firearms and hunt for quail and larger game, giving dream hunts to fill the last wishes of terminally ill and creating venues for outdoor events for our brave wounded and live combat veterans, and offering programming to those most in need of the solace of wild places, compassionate comradery and uplift of spirit,” according to the organization’s literature.