Lander native, former Marine Sergeant and Purple Heart recipient Ben Hockett will be featured on the upcoming television show *Grateful Nation* which is set to air on the Outdoor Channel Wednesday, July 13th at 2:00 p.m. MST. The show will also air on Saturday, July 16th at 3:00 PM MST. Hockett, who was wounded in Afghanistan in 2012, was selected to participate in a white tale deer hunt after being nominated by a fellow Marine that served with him when he was wounded in Afghanistan. The hunt occurred last fall in Michigan. Ben's father Dave Hockett tells County 10 that he's unable to watch the show today because he's traveling, however he asked a friend to DVR both episodes and their family plans to watch it together soon. When Ben was 23-year-old he was part of a group of Special Forces on a mission into a valley in a mountainous region of Afghanistan. The mission was a joint operation with both US and Australian Special Forces teams. Ben, the Crew Chief on a V-22 Osprey, was helping to load Australian Special Forces troops into his helicopter when they came under fire and he was wounded. A bullet struck Ben in the bicep, shattering his upper arm bone (humerus) the arm bone between the elbow and shoulder, and exiting thru his tricep. Read Ben's account of the incident here.
After a successful surgery back in the United States and one year of rehab,
Ben is doing very well. His dad tells us that he's continuing his
educational career working towards a Criminal Justice degree. Ben is back
in Lander for the summer working for the Forest Service.
Thank you for your service, Ben. And we'll be watching!
*Feature photo: Ben Hockett's profile picture via facebook