Triple-Amputee War Veteran Hunts Trophy Elk


Mar 11, 2001
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Triple-Amputee War Veteran Hunts Trophy Elk


HASTINGS, Minnespta -Whenever American men and women enter the military service, sacrifice is implied. For Mr. Jim Sursley, born and raised in Rochester, MN, his sacrifice was very great in deed; he lost his left arm and both legs in service to our country.

Now, Minnesota SCI and the Minnesota Elk Breeders Association want to say "Thank You," to Jim Sursley and all American veterans who have served and sacrificed. A big sacrifice deserves a big thank you, and with the help of Tony's Trophy Elk Hunts and The Langenfeld Foundation, Jim will embark on a trophy hunting trip, in pursuit of a big bull elk, on December 5-7, in Baudette, Minnesota.

"In honoring Jim, we honor all veterans who have stepped forward to serve our country," said Paul Scott Langenfeld, Humanitarian Coordinator for Minnesota SCI. "They have made tremendous sacrifices, and we want to give something back; a symbol that says 'America appreciates what you've done for us.' We live safe and secure because of your service. Thank you for your sacrifice."

The trophy-class bull elk has been generously donated by the Minnesota Elk Breeders Association, and Tony Beckel will donate his guiding and outfitting services. (These donations together carry a value of about $5,000.) Lodging is being provided by Sportsman's Lodge, in the use of a cabin accessible to people with disabilities.

Jim Sursley was wounded in combat during the Vietnam War, while on a mission in 1969. After returning to Minnesota, he has been helping other disabled veterans through the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and taken on leadership roles to assist others. So much so that Jim was elected chairman of the DAV Board of Directors in 1997 , and their National Commander in 2004.

In recognition of his advocacy to others who have sacrificed for our country, Jim received the national award as Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year in 1993. He also was named recipient of the national DAV Freedom Award in 2001. He has now retired to Florida, but is a frequent visitor to the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.

Media Contact:
Paul Scott Langenfeld, Humanitarian Coordinator, Minnesota SCI (651) 491-8410 or

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