By Lars Dalseide | June 15 2011 17:47

Tim Abell at the 2011 Hollywood Celebrity Sporting Clays Invitational on NRAblog With television credits including CSI, NCIS and Soldier of Fortune along with a film resume ranging from We Were Soldiers to Battle of Los Angeles, Tim Abell has been in the acting game for a little more than twenty years. His experience with firearms goes back even further.

"My first gun was a single barrel 12 gauge that my grandfather gave me," Abell to NRAblog between stages at the 2011 Hollywood Celebrity Sporting Clays Invitational. "I was about eight. Then I was only hunting squirrels, but there's more on the menu now."

Enlisting in the military at an early age of 17, Tim rose through the ranks as an Army Ranger until ultimately serving in the famed 3rd Infantry "The Old Guard" Caisson Platoon. Now he splits his time between acting gigs and hosting his new show Grateful Nation.

Premiering on the Outdoor Channel later this year, the show follows Abell as he takes disabled veterans the fields, forests and plains for a hunt. Tracking down everything from deer to boar in places like France, Argentina and South Africa, Grateful Nation means more to Tim than the average hosting job.

"It's one of the best things I've ever done," said Abell. "Taking wounded warriors who just came back from Iraq and Afghanistan and helping them adjust into civilian life by doing something they truly love. It's a way of giving back and I'm honored to be involved with the show."

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