Recreation and retreat opportunities for wounded warriors, disabled veterans and their families
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Links for additional opportunities (free recreation for military & veteran families, PTSD/TBI retreats, marriage retreats, children's camps and travel resources) are listed above.
The mission of Adaptive Adventures is to provide progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families.
Alaska Healing Hearts
Alaska's Healing Hearts year round nationwide outdoor programs include hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational programs for our nations brave wounded warriors, these activities are termed "social reintegration" by therapists. They are not just the clinical rehabilitation programs which injured military personnel usually participate in; they also provide disabled veterans with hope that they can live active and productive lives. Based on our own experiences these programs help bolster confidence and self esteem, while serving as a venue for them to assimilate with the public.
American Wanderer Summer Camp - RV Camp for Kids
The next generation of a traditional summer camp for boys and girls ages 11-17. Our Cabins roll and our Camp moves. Our Campers and Guides explore some of the most magnificent parks in the world - all right here in America. We offer 4 distinct 2 week sessions exploring over 34 Parks in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
Scholarships - Children of Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, Retired and Former Service members are all eligible to apply. Children of Wounded Warriors must annotate their applications as such due to multiple categories of funding sources. National Guard, Military Reserve and Wounded Warriors should also see www.ourmilitarykids.org for additional funding.
America's Mighty Warriors' Annual Gold Star Family & Wounded Warrior Retreat (Hawkins, TX)
Our troops are coming home after multiple deployments with emotional and physical needs. America's Mighty Warriors recognizes they are not receiving the best care in a timely manner. We are dedicated to providing therapies that heal. We provide funding for those diagnosed with TBI to receive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. We are also working with other providers whose therapies are helping with PTSD. We also host retreats for our wounded warriors and their families to provide recreation and resiliency.
BAADS Veteran Sunday Sailing Program (San Francisco, CA)
The Veterans Sunday Sailing Program with the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS) provides veterans the opportunity to sail in Access 303 and Access Liberty boats with other veterans every Sunday.
BAADS is offering this program to ALL veterans, not just disabled. This is intended as a thank you for service. Feel free to come this week and each week following with no obligations besides RSVP'ing to keep accurate count of our resources.
Black Dagger Military Hunt Club (Florida)
Black Dagger Military Hunt Club Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides shooting, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor opportunities for veterans and active duty military (wounded and well). We are located in the greater Tampa Bay, Florida area but operate around the state. Many of our volunteers are retired or active duty military with a great deal of tactical and hunting experience. We co-labor with other veteran groups and nonprofits to support those who give their all for our nation!
We serve veterans from all eras without limitation to when or where they served. We work with the James A. Haley VA Hospital’s Adaptive Sports Program in Tampa, Florida, the USSOCOM Care Coalition, and active duty military members on MacDill AFB. In addition, on a case-by-case basis, we will work with veterans supported by other agencies to meet a specific need that our team can satisfy. We serve veterans recovering from and learning to adjust to life with spinal cord injuries (SCI), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), loss of sight, and post-traumatic stress (PTS). We have specialized equipment to accommodate some of the most injured military heroes thus helping our honored veterans find their “new normal”.
Blum's Landing (Millersburg, MI)
Blum's Landing is a place for military personnel who have endured physical and/or mental wounds from serving the country.
We are a non-profit bed and breakfast for military personnel and their families to relax, to recoup, and to re-energize from the stress of their current rehab and duties.
Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors (Bluemont, VA)
Boulder Crest Retreat intends to offer the following facilities and services to wounded warriors and their families who come to rest and heal:
- ADA handicap accessible “greentech” cabins, available for 2-7 days for approx. 250-500 families per annum.
- An ADA handicap accessible “greentech” barn/meeting house with organic farm-to-table meals.
- A walled organic Victorian garden, plus a field of organic produce.
- A bird sanctuary and fishing pond.
- Nature walks, foraging, photography, bird and wildlife watching, as well as therapeutic dogs, archery and other onsite adaptive sporting activities.
- Off-site activities including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and fishing in the Shenandoah River; hiking the Appalachian Trail; trail rides; biking; antiquing; winery tours; golf; tennis; a therapeutic horse farm; and a country farm and petting farm.
Brat Pack 11
Brat Pack 11 is an organization founded by Kenzie Hall to show honor and gratitude to our nation’s youngest boots on the ground. Brat Pack 11 is dedicated to supporting the children of our wounded and fallen heroes by providing them with unforgettable experiences and connecting them with a network for continued support throughout their childhood.
Camp Bliss (Walker, MN)
November 14-17, 2019: Warriors and Caregiver’s Weekend
Camp Bliss is an incredible retreat and vacation destination in Walker, Minnesota.
Camp Bliss is part of Independent Lifestyles, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to providing independence and choices for people with disabilities, their families and communities. Founded in 1997, we have provided services to thousands of people throughout Central Minnesota and beyond. Retreats are available to veterans and people with disabilities, while others are open to the general public. The public retreats and private rentals help us offset the cost of providing retreats for veterans and people with disabilities at low or no cost. We are located in beautiful Walker, MN on 48 forested acres between 3 scenic lakes. Our 7,600 sq. ft. lodge is totally accessible, with 7 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms, the Bliss House also accessible with 3,500 sq. ft., 7 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms, just 200 feet from the lake and we have quaint 500 sq. ft. Cabin overlooking the lake with 1 bedroom & a loft which has a nice sandy beach just steps away.
Our camp is designed to help our young heroes to better cope with the effects of war, deployments and the sacrifices they are asked to make every day.
Children of deployed and injured service members are more likely to struggle emotionally. Some common reactions observed in children in these circumstances include, but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, withdrawal, anger, hyper-vigilance and somatic illness.
At Camp C.O.P.E. children are provided age-appropriate therapeutic interventions in small groups of their peers, who have had similar experiences. The interventions are both direct and indirect, according to their comfort level, and are tailored to help them cope better emotionally.
Camp Corral is an amazing week of non-stop fun and excitement in the great outdoors for children (ages 8 to 15) of our military heroes. It's for the children of brave soldiers who have been injured or fallen protecting our freedom, our way of life. Camp Corral is a wonderful chance for kids to share amazing adventures through boating, swimming, hiking, archery and doing just about everything you can do enjoying fresh air and nature.
Camp Corral kids tell us they have made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime!
The folks at Golden Corral restaurants are proud to continue their tradition of supporting our veterans and military families by making Camp Corral possible. Golden Corral wanted to find a way to support the families of disabled veterans and those injured in the line of duty and Camp Corral was the perfect opportunity.
Camp Hope (Farmington, MO)
Camp Hope is dedicated to honoring the fallen by helping the wounded. Created by Gold Star parents, William "Mike" and Galia White, the 170-acre farm located 70 miles southeast of Lambert-St. Louis Airport in Missouri, was created to honor the memory of their son. Pfc Christopher Neal White, a 23-year-old Marine, was tragically killed in action in Al Anbar, Iraq on June 20, 2006.
Camp Hope provides FREE outdoor adventures to combat wounded veterans of the War on Terror and active-duty combat-wounded Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors.
The mission of Camp Hope is to allow wounded warriors the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities with dignity - to not think about what they "can't" do, only to think what they want to do. Soldiers can shoot skeet, hunt turkey and deer, fish, hike, explore the country, or relax around the ever-burning firepit.
Camp Patriot (Libby, MT)
Camp Patriot empowers disabled U.S. veterans through Christian values and relationships created by way of our unique outdoor programs. Our programs challenge veterans to learn new ways to overcome their wounds in order to accomplish amazing goals. These challenges represent a crucible of change that proves to each participant that they can overcome any obstacle. Camp Patriot Alumni have gone on to become great leaders in their communities.
Today there are over 2.3 million disabled veterans in the U.S. and the number grows each day as the war on terror continues. These brave veterans have made great sacrifices in order to ensure our safety and freedom. All of these veterans had dreams about the future, many felt that their dreams were lost due to injuries suffered in the line of duty. We thank veterans by showing them that with the right relationships and support they can accomplish anything.
Camp Wounded Warrior (Seguin,TX)
In 2011 the Russell family made a decision to dedicate full use of the Lazy U Ranch to our nation’s wounded warriors. As a veteran family and very active with the veteran community, the Russell’s reached out to the Warrior Transition Battalion, BAMC, San Antonio, Texas. With wounded warriors at Nebo acting as the liaison, the outreach program blossomed into an active R&R retreat where warriors and their families could come and rehabilitate.
Working with organizations such as Adaptive Sports Military Program and Hero’s on the Water BAMC, full use of the ranch has blossomed with warriors and their families enjoying the quiet beauty of the ranch. Participants use the convenience of the Guadalupe river frontage for kayaking, fishing, swimming, or the quite solace inside the Memorial building. The ranch gives them a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation.
The Lazy U Ranch serves our nation’s warriors by providing a rehabilitative healing atmosphere in an outdoor setting that is physically and mentally therapeutic.
Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO) provides adaptive and therapeutic recreation, wellness and cultural experiences for injured/wounded warriors with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. CAMO provides tools and skills for injured military members, veterans and their families to help realize their life potential, bridging the gap between injuries and moving forward with their new normal life. Summer programs include couples retreats, fly fishing, other retreats and Horses for Heroes. CAMO’s winter programs focus primarily on ski and snowboard instruction.
Champion Kids Camp (Houston, TX)
Champions Kids Camp is dedicated to the nurturing of children who have survived a traumatic injury, illness, or personal loss, such as the loss of a parent or sibling. This also includes separation from a parent who is serving abroad in the military or who have now returned home. Through a week-long camp, children between the ages of 8 and 12 are able to heal from the “emotional scarring” they have experienced in their young lives.
Camp consists of music, art, sports, recreation and special guests. Children are nurtured physically, mentally and emotionally. We teach them at camp that they are over-comers. Camp is free of charge to those who are accepted; we do fill up by our deadline so apply soon.
The mission of Chappy's Outdoors is to conduct hunting and fishing trips for our nation's wounded veterans by providing training, equipment and excursions across America in order to facilitate physical, emotional and spiritual healing by sharing in God's natural creation and faithfully proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ through word and deed.
We have connected land owners, ranchers, outdoor guides and organizations, charter/ commercial fishermen, and professional fishermen with wounded veterans to provide a chance to enjoy hunting and fishing opportunities.
We have edited and recorded these trips in order to allow our veterans to commemorate their trip forever...recent upgrades allow us to now record in HD quality with wireless microphones on vets.
Children of Wounded Warriors (Grants for extra-curricular activities)
Children of Wounded Warriors work relentlessly with the local community to organize awareness for the need to support the children of our fallen heroes or have suffered a financial hardship due to a death or medical condition. Many times the children are over looked during such tragedies as that of a loss of a US Military, Law Enforcement Officer, or Fire Rescue personnel. During this time it is important the children get to continue with their extra-curricular activities in order to maintain a level of normalcy and be able to use these activities to relieve the stress that accompanies during such tragedies.
Children of Wounded Warriors organize fundraising events such as the Cake Off, White Party, Quarter Auction, 5k-10k races etc. in order to assist with grant awards. These grants are awarded to the families of the Children of Wounded Warriors in order to assist the families suffering the loss of hero or have suffered a significant loss of income due to a death or medical condition. These grants help fund the children’s extra-curricular activities sports, dance, or any other type of activities which helps the child spiritually and emotionally.
Combat Marine Outdoors
The mission of Combat Marine Outdoors is to provide Dream Hunts and Outdoor Adventures for severely wounded Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Navy Corpsmen. These hunting and fishing excursions play a vital role in the rehabilitation of these American heroes. Our goal is to allow these heroic warriors the opportunity to have an outdoor adventure of a lifetime. Also, to make sure that they understand that their service and sacrifice to our country are deeply appreciated. It is our hope that our outdoor fellowship will aid in their vision for an exciting future.
Combat Marine Outdoors have witnessed hearts that have been mended, wounds that have been healed, hope for the future and lives that have been changed forever.
Connected Warrior Appalachian Challenge (Annapolis, MD)
Twice each year, injured veterans are taken on a three-day hiking/camping trip on the Appalachian Trail. These trips are the ideal atmosphere for warriors to regain a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment and move forward in their recovery. Hiking approximately 10-15 miles per day over rocky and mountainous terrain, they are challenged both physically and mentally in a non-clinical atmosphere.
These are not formal retreats; rather, they are an opportunity to refresh and recharge in a relaxed environment mostly free from phones and the distractions of everyday life. Working as a team with little outside contact, many warriors find a new sense of confidence and a new support system with their fellow hikers - all while engaging in goal-setting activities along the way.
Connected Warrior Sailing Team (Annapolis, MD)
Through partnerships with the National Sailing Hall of Fame, The Wounded Warrior Sailing Regatta, Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating (C.R.A.B.), and the Naval Academy (as well as private efforts) warriors are given the opportunity to learn and participate in competitive sailboat racing several times during the year. With the ability of the C.R.A.B. boats to adapt for paraplegics and amputees, this is a program open to ALL warriors with varying degrees of injury. It provides them with the opportunities to meet new people, learn a new skill and interact with people both inside and outside the warrior world.
Daisy Mae Fishing Co (Clearwater, FL)
If you are a veteran wounded in service, Daisy Mae Fishing Co would like to offer you a free fishing trip on our Shared Party trips.... The only requirements are those listed that apply to anyone else fishing on our Shared Party trips. We offer one open spot per week for vets.
Disabled Veterans Off Road Adventures
Disabled Veterans Off Road Adventures is a non-profit group that brings disabled vets out on off road adventures. We travel full time all over the USA. We take no donations; we do this out of our own pocket. It's our way of saying thank you for your service. My wife is a disabled vet. I am not a veteran but wish I could be. We bring disabled vets out on hole day and half day off roading trips.its up to the vet. What they want anything from mild to wild. We are typically in the south (Arizona) for the winter and in the north for the summer. We try to do Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah every year. We do cover east and west coast. If you know anyone that would like to go off roading please let us know (contact us through our Facebook Group) and we will try our best to make it happen.
Disabled Veterans Rest Camp (Washington County, MN)
The Disabled Veterans Rest Camp provides facilities and opportunities for recreation, rest, and well being for all women and men who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, along with their families. The campground is open to all military personnel in good standing: Active duty, Reservists/Guard, veterans, disabled, retirees, families and friends.
Divide Camp (Oregon)
Divide Camp honors the service of our combat veterans by giving back through outdoor adventures including hunting, fishing and other sporting and recreational activities. We seek to aid healing and build hope for our service members wounded in action.
Eagle Summit Ranch (Roever Foundation)
Conducts motivational retreats and seminars for wounded warriors in wilderness setting.
English River Outfitters (Washington County, IA, adjacent Sockum Ridge)
English River Outfitters is part of the healing process for veterans. Our priority is to help foster a healthy readjustment back to civilian life through a positive outdoor experience.
Veterans and families served at English River Outfitters experience a variety of therapeutic, group-based activities designed to re-establish confidence, hope, and health. In addition to our weekend retreats for veterans, we also hold special programs to serve children from Gold Star families, as well as ladies-only veteran camp-out events.
What makes English River Outfitters different? We believe there is healing in nature, and therefore we emphasize an outdoor experience where veterans can fish, hunt, and hike in the woodlands surrounding our facilities. Veterans with physical disabilities are able to participate fully using our all-terrain wheelchairs. The veterans we serve participate in sporting activities that challenge and empower them, all while immersed in Iowa's natural, refreshing wilderness.
4 Wheel to Heal
4 Wheel to Heal (4W2H) is dedicated to taking wounded and disabled veterans, from all branches of military service, to off-roading events. These events involve four wheeling, rock crawling, mud bogging, shooting and camping. Our mission is to boost morale for these veterans and give them an experience they will never forget.
Freedom Adaptive Systems
(Advertisement) Freedom Adaptive Systems helps people with disabilities to enjoy the sport of fishing with adaptive fishing equipment. Freedom Adaptive Systems is owned and operated by a Disabled American Veteran who lost the use of his right arm and right foot in combat. Our adaptive fishing equipment is made to allow people who suffer from fatigue from fishing, pain, paralysis, or loss of a limb have a great day fishing. We provide adaptive fishing equipment that is comfortable, easy to use, and give you the best fishing experience possible.
Freedom and Hope Foundation (Prosperity, SC)
The Freedom and Hope Foundation provides hunting and fishing activities to children with life threatening diseases and wounded soldiers, both active duty and veterans. Memorial Hunts available for your fallen soldier.
Saluting the noble work of our courageous men and women of the Armed Forces is our mission. Freedom Hunters reflects the outdoor community's appreciation to the troops by taking select active duty and combat veterans on outdoor adventures. With help from conservation groups, outfitters, corporations, state agencies and land owners, Freedom Hunters will honor individuals from all branches of the military. It is with immense pride and enthusiasm that Freedom Hunters will carry on the American tradition of hunting and fishing with active military personnel across the United States.
We are proud to show our gratitude to Purple Heart recipients. Many may not have the same physical abilities as when they joined the service, but heart and determination is something that still drives these men forward.
Gathering of Mountain Eagles
Gathering of Mountain Eagles provides opportunities for wounded or injured American military service members and selected family members, to enjoy the therapeutic effects of adventure activities and relaxation opportunities primarily within the states of West Virginia and Virginia.
Secondarily, it provides occasions to thank the warriors, enhance public awareness and increase aid for all programs supporting those wounded Americans and their families.
Hearts of Valor Retreats
Those close to service members are all too familiar with both the invisible and visible wounds that come with war. With those injuries come a host of circumstances that may feel unbearable. At our Hearts of ValorTM Retreats, you don't have to feel that burden alone.
At the HOV retreats, you will be able to share your story with other people that have found themselves in similar situations as you and learn how to cope in your role as a caregiver, learn more about:
- Invisible wounds such as PTSD and TBI
- How to cope with your role as a caregiver
- Deep relaxation techniques
- Solutions unique to your needs
The retreats are within driving distance and are of no cost to you. The registration fees, meals, and hotel room are all free.
Heroes Meeting Heroes
The mission of Heroes Meeting Heroes is to let veterans get the chance to meet and see famous comedians, music groups, etc who want to show their support of the troops. I eventually will set up some benefit shows with some huge bands and other cool things.
Heroes on the Water
Heroes on the Water helps wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors.
For thousands of wounded warriors, kayak fishing has become a powerful and liberating source of rehabilitation. It shatters the perceived limits of their injuries and creates an openness to interact, learn new skills, and focus on the bright future ahead.
We offer injured military personnel and veterans an outdoor recreational experience where they are taught kayaking and kayak fishing basics and participate in kayak fishing excursions – a new sport despite their injuries that provides camaraderie and a lifetime of enjoyment that they can do with family and friends.
As a national organization based in Allen, TX, we have chapters across the country led by volunteers that take wounded veterans out kayak fishing on an ongoing basis, at no cost to them or their families.
Higher Ground Sun Valley (Ketchum, ID)
Higher Ground Military uses therapeutic recreation to facilitate a change in perspective, giving injured service members the physical skills, confidence, and coping strategies necessary for a successful reintegration into their families and home communities. Higher Ground is recognized as one of the premier rehabilitation programs in the country by the Department of Defense, military medical centers, and veteran service organizations. We serve military personnel and veterans with Traumatice Brain Injuries (TBIs), Post Traumatic Stress Discorder (PTSD) and other polytrauma.
Higher Ground hosts eight week-long sports camps annually, each completely free of charge to veterans and their supporters. Our camps serve 8-10 participants and are designed for specific populations—couples, men, and women. We create an intimate atmosphere where participants connect and share struggles related to battle trauma and injuries, while supporters share challenges about health care, parenting, and their role as caregivers.
Our highly trained staff of certified recreational therapists strategically implements activities that highlight individual abilities, leading to an overall improvement in quality of life.
Higher Ground commits to three years of follow-up care for each participant, helping to connect participants to their local resources and dedicating a reintegration budget for each participant to help them achieve their individual goals.
Hunts for Healing Foundation
The Hunts for Healing Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the emotion, physical and spiritual healing of wounded warriors.
Our purpose in creating this fund is to establish ongoing opportunities for our wounded veterans to experience authentic upland hunting in the beautiful Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is to create an atmosphere that promotes challenge in the outdoors and healing from within. We offer clay bird shooting, hunting safety, and the experience and excitement of pheasant hunting with guides, mentors and dogs. This experience aides in their physical, emotional and spiritual recovery, as well as, providing social interaction that allows the warriors to transition back into their daily lives.
Ironwood Springs Wounded Warrior and Disabled Individuals Weekend Turkey Hunt (Stewartville, MN)
This Wild Turkey Hunt retreat is for soldiers who have been wounded in combat. It is an inspiring weekend to give hope, encouragement, and the promise of a bright future.
Kids of our Heroes - Adventure Camp (Aurora, MO)
Kids Of Our Heroes – Adventure Camp is a non-profit organization committed to helping the children of Fallen and Wounded Warriors. Our mission is to help children (ages 11-17) of our heroes to develop the coping skills of courage, confidence, and resiliency to overcome the fears and challenges of living with a wounded warrior, or rise above the loss of a parent or family member who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. We provide a one-week adventure camp at NO COST to our campers!
LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve (Oswayo, PA)
LEEK Hunting, and Mountain Preserve is dedicated to providing outdoor experiences to our disabled veterans through hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation activities.
LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve offers disabled veterans opportunities to participate in outdoor recreational activities in a completely accessible and supportive environment.
Hunting and fishing facilities located on this 140-acre property are designed for wheelchair and vehicle access. Lodging and trail vehicles provide our veterans maximum comfort and enjoyment. During their stay, visitors of LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve are pampered with home-cooked meals and partnered with experienced local outdoorsmen, many of whom are also veterans.
Located in scenic north central Pennsylvania, LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve is part of a community that recognizes and values the sacrifices of our disabled service members.
Lima Foxtrot Programs for Injured Military (Birmingham, AL)
“Lima Foxtrot” is the brand name adopted by Lakeshore to describe what has become one of this country’s premier, comprehensive, year round, sport, fitness, and recreation programs for severely injured members of our Armed Forces who were injured post 9/11. Initiated in 2006 in response to the significant numbers of injuries from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Lima Foxtrot has served over 1,800 injured servicemen and women and their families, from thirty-six states and territories. Through Lima Foxtrot these young men and women use lessons from sport and recreation to learn how to pursue life after injury.
Lone Star Warriors Outdoors (Tyler, TX)
The mission of the Lone Star Warriors Outdoors is to say “Thank You” to our nation's combat wounded and injured warriors who have sacrificed mind and body in the fight on terrorism by providing a fun and relaxing atmosphere while introducing or reconnecting and teaching the American tradition of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Second to provide a time of mental healing or therapy by allowing Wounded Warriors to meet others that have been in the same situation, allowing each to talk about issues that only they understand.
Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors (Michigan)
Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors (MiOFO) is a collaborative partnership whose mission is to provide outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities to wounded veterans and individuals with health challenges; and, to coordinate a support network that facilitates their recovery through connecting with nature.
MiOFO activities are centered around DNR-managed Sharonville State Game Area and the neighboring Camp Liberty property. The properties are near several population centers: Ann Arbor, Jackson, Lansing, and Detroit.
Military to the Mountains by High Fives(Truckee, CA)
M2M is a High Fives program service demonstrating our deep sense of appreciation for the men and women who serve our country in the military -- specifically for those veterans who have suffered life-altering injuries in the name of loyalty to America.
Injured US military veterans are provided the opportunity to train at a 9-week program at Adaptive Training Foundation in Dallas, Texas preparing for a week of skiing at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, instructed by Achieve Tahoe Adaptive Ski Program -- 100% fueled and inspired by the High Fives Foundation.
Mount Olivet Rolling Acres (Victoria, MN)
Mount Olivet Rolling Acres offers no cost vacations to wounded military service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as a way to say thank you for their dedicated service.
Moonlight Fund (Bandera, TX)
Retreats for burn survivors and their spouses - Our spring and fall retreats are held at Bridlegate Ranch in Beautiful Bandera, nestled in the Texas Hill Country. Offering an opportunity for those with recent injuries to spend the weekend with fellow long term survivors. The retreat provides educational information regarding ongoing care, emotional support to the patient and their caregiver, including guest speakers who have overcome their accidents and have gone on to lead productive lives. The weekend is low key, and a relaxed get away from the medical world. The retreat is open to all who have suffered a burn injury, or an amputation due to a burn or blast accident.
My Warrior's Place (Ruskin, FL)
My Warriors Place is a retreat center for veterans, military service members, first responders, Gold Star, Blue Star and Silver Star families. Additionally, My Warrior’s Place offers several amazing programs for those who have put their life on the line for our safety and well being, endured the death of a Fallen Warrior and/or experienced the horrors of war. Each program offered by My Warrior’s Place plays an important role in the healing and coping process, and the support that is obtained through these programs is priceless!
North Texas Patriot Anglers (North Texas, Southern Oklahoma, and the surrounding area)
North Texas Patriot Anglers is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.
This site is for the program serving North Texas, Southern Oklahoma, and the surrounding area. We Started this Chapter May of 2013. We work hand and had with the Dallas Fly fishers and Fort Worth Fly Fishers.
Ohio Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair (Port Clinton, OH)
The Annual Ohio Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair takes place in September at Camp Perry State Route 2, Port Clinton, OH 43452. Our mission is to introduce people with disabilities to many of our area’s outdoor activities through education, hands-on opportunities and assistive technology, so they may choose to participate at their own ability level. Last year, this event was the first outdoor all inclusive recreation event of its kind in Ohio! Participants will have the opportunity to shoot guns, shoot archery, learn fishing skills, learn birding skills, make bird feeders, etc! Admission is FREE to all people with disabilities, their families, friends and caregivers.
Operation Black Hills Cabin (Custer, SD)
Founded in 2011 by a retired military couple, Operation Black Hills Cabin is located just outside of Custer, SD, in the beautiful Black Hills. Its purpose is to offer a week’s vacation to qualifying wounded veterans and their families, from the Iraq/Afghanistan campaign, at little or no expense to them, with the exception of transportation.
It is to provide a therapeutic environment in assisting qualifying veterans who were combat injured in their rehabilitation from their traumatic and stressful experiences, while serving the interest of our nation. And also to provide a constructive opportunity to the disabled veterans to reacquaint themselves with their family in a quiet and leisurely environment.
Operation Down Home (Birmingham, AL)
Operation Down Home is designed to introduce severely injured military personnel and their families to recreational sports opportunities. This camp is open to servicemen and women, and their family members, who have been severely injured in recent conflicts and have suffered an injury such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, amputation or visual impairment. There is no cost to military personnel with severe service-related injuries and up to three family members. The weekend includes all meals, lodging, air and ground transportation, and all sports and recreation activities.
Operation Endurance (Birmingham, AL)
Operation Endurance enables local servicemen and women who have sustained a severe injury during active duty ongoing access to Lakeshore’s membership programs at no cost. This Lima Foxtrot program is available for all injured who have sustained a service-related injury, regardless of when they served.
Operation Heal Our Patriots (Alaska)
Operation Heal Our Patriots, a ministry project of Samaritan’s Purse, focuses on bringing spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment to wounded and injured U.S. military service members and their spouses. To thank these brave men and women for their service and sacrifice, we offer programs uniquely developed to strengthen the marriage relationship and build hope for the future through the transforming power of God’s Word.
Samaritan Lodge Alaska stands peacefully within the great wilderness of America’s last frontier. It is here, among mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife that we minister to the needs of America’s own victims of war. Military service members and their spouses have the opportunity to stay for one week, including travel time.
Each day, our on-site staff chaplain leads devotions and our Marriage Resiliency Workshop. This weeklong course offers couples time away from daily pressures and distractions to study the primary dynamics that have the greatest impact on a marriage. The workshop concludes with a worship service, which affirms and celebrates couples’ relationship with God and one another, amid the marvels of His creation.
Operation Injured Soldiers
The goal of Operation Injured Soldiers is to help our wounded heroes get back to doing the sports and hobbies they enjoyed before being deployed. The funds we raise provide hunting, fishing, and camping trips, along with many other outdoor recreational activities, to our disabled heroes to help with their physical and mental rehabilitation. Through corporate sponsorships and individual donations, these trips are provided at no cost to our injured heroes.
Operation Never Forgotten Sports, Afield & Stream (S.A.S.) Outdoor Retreats
Sports, Afield & Stream (S.A.S.) outdoor retreats use adaptive sports, hunting, fishing and exploration of wilderness to help redefine who veterans are after injury. The retreats are about veterans experiencing epic moments and tranquil times along with their caregivers, family members and other injured veterans.
S.A.S. retreats are free for OEF/OIF men and women veterans who have been physically and/or invisibly injured with life-altering conditions. They need not be Purple Heart recipients to attend. Only one caregiver, family member or friend will also be paid for to attend (any others will need to pay for their own expenses).
Operation Night Vision (Birmingham, AL)
Operation Night Vision brings sport and recreation to servicemen and women who have suffered significant eye injuries or blindness while recently serving our country. Activities will include water skiing, rock climbing, paddling lessons for canoeing and kayaking, cycling, track & field, judo, goalball and scuba diving.
Operation Night Vision will be held at the Lakeshore Foundation facility and at locations around the greater Birmingham community. There is no cost to military personnel with severe service-related injuries and one guest. The weekend includes all meals, lodging, air and ground transportation, and all sports and recreation activities.
Operation North State's Top Shelf Fishin' Festival (North Carolina)
Hosting North Carolina's wounded warriors and disabled veterans for a free day of premier fishing on North Carolina's premier lakes. Seven festivals on seven different premier fisheries. No entry fee for boaters/fishing hosts (all events will be rain or shine).
Operation One Voice
Purple Heart Outdoor Hunts - Provides wounded Special Operations Forces service members a fellowship opportunity facilitated by outdoor hunts/fishing trips at various locations across the United States.
Warrior Weekend - Provides a weekend retreat at a southeastern resort hosting 35 to 45 fallen and wounded Special Operations Forces families. The board of directors and several project leaders host the event in which all SOF families are treated to a weekend of relaxation and the SOF wives receive a spa package.
Operation Outdoor Freedom (Florida)
Operation Outdoor Freedom is an endeavor of the Florida Forest Service that provides recreational opportunities to wounded veterans. Designated state and agricultural lands throughout Florida grant these veterans unique opportunities for recreation and rehabilitation. Join the Florida Forest Service and agricultural landowners in honoring our wounded veterans. Feel free to explore our website and learn more about this outstanding program.
Operation Proper Exit
For those wounded warriors who are thriving in recovery and are capable of returning to theater, this program itinerary stages a meet-and-greet tour to forward operating bases with a group of recovered soldiers. Four specific objectives have been identified:
- The sense of brotherhood inherent in today’s military leaves a number of injured soldiers with the desire to return to theater after injury. By having a chance to visit, not only is their desire addressed but they can bring stories from home to deployed troops when they arrive.
- Soldiers who have witnessed the injuring of a battle buddy are often times left wondering how the situation turned out both short and long term. Upon the return of fully recovered soldiers, the minds of deployed troops are put to ease when they witness the results firsthand and hear about the journey and outstanding care being afforded to our wounded warriors.
- The wounded warriors will have a most important as well as unique opportunity to see the progress in Iraq that they, through their tremendous sacrifice, helped bring about.
- For troops that have been injured in battle, this initiative provides them the opportunity to make a “proper exit” on their own terms as they walk to the aircraft and climb the ramp rather than being medically evacuated. This component has a positively resounding effect in offering closure to that chapter of their lives.
Operation Purple Healing Adventures (NMFA)
Due to the popularity of our Operation Purple Family Retreat program, we’ve tailored a special retreat program that is designed to support wounded service members and their families. The Operation Purple Healing Adventures program celebrates rediscovering family-fun and togetherness after an injury. We combine family-focused activities with outdoor exploration to encourage each family’s growth. Specially adapted communication activities developed by FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress™), ensure families return home stronger. Families are able to enjoy a ‘purple’ environment that brings families from all ranks and services, to include National Guard and Reserve components, together. We are climbing, hiking, canoeing, bonding, eating s’mores, and more!
Operation Rise and Conquer (Lake Martin, AL)
Operation Rise & Conquer is an extended outdoor adventure weekend that involves service members and their families in a variety of challenging activities that include team and individual competitive sports, water skiing, scuba diving, canoeing and kayaking, ropes course and zip line, bass fishing and shooting sports.
This camp is open to men and women who have been severely injured in the global war on terror and have suffered an injury such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, amputation or visual impairment. There is no cost to military personnel with severe service related injuries and one guest. The weekend includes all meals, lodging, air and ground transportation, and all sports and recreation activities.
Operation Seas the Day (Bethany Beach, DE)
Our mission is to organize and facilitate a "beach week" event for our wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing appreciation for their service and sacrifice. it is our hope that such a community based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life."
We are working with the USO Metropolitan Washington to select 25 wounded veterans who are currently recovering from injuries, both visible and non-visible, sustained while serving our country, and their families who would be interested in vacationing to Bethany Beach, Delaware in September.
Operation Second Chance
Operation Second Chance recognizes the stress families experience from combat-related trauma and the importance of strong family support. We see the struggles that take place with families trying to reconnect and regain the "normal" in life after returning home from a warzone with severe injuries. We also understand how a positive attitude can impact the recovery process. One of the many ways OSC assists our wounded warriors and their families is by providing retreats that facilitate this part of the recovery process. We actively work to get wounded warriors and their families out of their hotel rooms and the hospital environment to help them relax and reconnect.
We offer two different types of retreats depending on the individual's injuries and their ability to get away. We provide short local overnight trips to those who need a quick getaway but do not have the ability to go very far from the care received at the hospital or from their chain of command. We also provide week-long retreats for those who are further along in their recovery and are able to get away for longer periods. During our retreats we offer many different activities for the individuals to choose from, as well as give wounded warriors and their families the opportunity to rest, relax and complete activities on their own. All OSC retreats are all-inclusive and have no cost to our recovering service members and their families.
We tailor separate trips that cater to:
- Individual injured service members
If you are a disabled veteran interested in attending one of these retreats please complete the retreat application.
Our Military Kids' Wounded Warrior Program (Grants for programs)
Children of wounded warriors face similar financial difficulties along with the challenges of learning to adapt to the physical, mental, and emotional changes in a loved one.
Our Military Kids provides grants to children of ALL wounded warriors (Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty) for sports, fine arts, camps, and academic tutoring programs. Such activities help nurture and sustain the children during a parent’s lengthy recovery and/or rehabilitation.
Outdoor Adventures Program (Hope for the Warriors)
Hope For The Warriors® Outdoor Adventures Program provides adaptive opportunities for wounded heroes to participate in sporting activities in the great outdoors. Service members, who previously embraced an outdoorsman lifestyle, as well as those new to wilderness sports, are introduced to recreational opportunities on the road to recovery.
Hope For The Warriors® created the Outdoor Adventures Program in 2010 to provide adaptive opportunities for wounded heroes to participate in sporting activities in the great outdoors. In 2012, the organization recognized the therapeutic benefits for the family members and expanded the program to include spouses and children of wounded and fallen service members.
Patriots and Heroes Outdoors
Patriots and Heroes Outdoors (formerly Hunts for Heroes)
- will promote morale by providing hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational activities with a primary focus on military with service-related injuries and their families.
- will help to accommodate the needs of service families by networking with other like-minded organizations and individuals.
- will offer educational support to service families by pursuing grants, endowments, scholarships, and other financial contributions.
- will help with the emotional needs of service families in whatever way possible through our professional contacts and personal relationships.
Patriots Cove (Noxen, PA)
Patriots Cove is a native brook trout sanctuary nestled in the mountains of northeast Pennsylvania. We were established in 2017 to protect a threatened fish species, and provide a place for veterans, first responders, and their caregivers to enjoy a therapeutic fishing outdoors experience. Our organization gives injured veterans and first responders a place to reconnect with nature and heal within.
Fishing retreats are held year-round, and private group events are also encouraged, to give much-deserved individuals a tranquil outdoors experience. Regardless of injuries or illnesses incurred from the line of duty, our guests can enjoy easy access to stream-side trout fishing. Patriots Cove is designed to accommodate any injury- our trails, docks, fishing areas, and lodging are wheelchair friendly.
To enjoy a free fishing event where your fishing clothing, equipment, and meals are provided, please sign-up at patriotscove.org. We look forward to having you at our next event!
Patriot Warrior Foundation (Weatherford, TX)
The Patriot Warrior Foundation is a non-profit organization which provides morale boosting events for America's wounded and injured veterans and their families. The Patriot Warrior Foundation honors those who served by organizing outdoor activities, such as hunting, fishing, and target shooting events. The PWF provides all food and lodging for these events to participating military personnel and their families.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.™ is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
Purple Heart Anglers (California)
Purple Heart Anglers is committed to providing safe, fun, hunting, fishing and other outdoor opportunities to disabled Veterans.
The Purple Heart Anglers have one purpose, to serve the needs of the community and by serving those needs produce a program that aids in the healing of the wounded warriors of the United States military and their families. It is our intention that their service and performance of their commitment be honored for what it is; placing the wellbeing and security of this nation before themselves, even their own lives. It is truly beyond words and is deserving of all that we can give in return.
We are connecting individuals, private companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies so there is a community in place to serve the past, present and future wounded warriors. It is our goal they have mental, emotional and physical access to the community they served and are honored for their commitment and service to our country. We are producing safe, fun outdoor experiences. There are numerous events planned in California at this time.
Purple Heart Cruise
A retired Naval Aviator with 23 years of service, and grandfather to Alex, the Purple Heart Cruise was started to honor the sacrifices made by young men and women who were ordered to go into harm's way.
Following Alex's injuries I spent many weeks at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. to monitor the progress of his recovery. During that time, I met many other wounded heroes and their dedicated caregivers. Some of the wounded have been patients in therapy or recovery for years, and their loyal caregivers will provide 24/7 attention and care for years to come. What started as an offer to send Alex on a cruise to get away from it all and 'celebrate life' has morphed into an invitation to all wounded warriors and their caregivers to 'escape' with Alex and his buddies, family, friends and supporters - even if it is only for 7 days.
Reel American Heroes
The Reel American Heroes Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational therapy for wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and disabled Veterans as well as active duty servicemen and servicewomen. Our organization works with military bases and military hospitals to host bass fishing tournaments throughout the year. We provide each service member with an event t-shirt, free fishing equipment and tackle, that they get to keep to further pursue fishing as a recreational outlet. All service members are paired up with volunteer anglers and taken out to fish an actual bass tournament. During the day, games, food, drinks and entertainment are all provided free of charge from launch to weigh-in. After the weigh-in trophies and prizes are awarded to the top five teams.
Reel Thanx (Midland, TX)
Reel Thanx was created in 2007 to honor and show thanks and support to service members who have been injured in the line of duty. Through the combined efforts of nationally recognized sponsors and generous private and corporate donors, Reel Thanx is able to give back to the heroes of "Operation Enduring Freedom" and "Operation Iraqi Freedom" by taking these selfless individuals on an amazing fishing getaway.
Reel Wives (Midland, TX)
Reel Wives is an expansion of the Reel Thanx program which reaches out to the wives and children of the men that come into the Reel Thanx program. We believe these wives are true heroes too.
Reel Wives began in 2010 as a way to reach out to the Reel Thanx soldier's wife and family. While he was away for the weekend on his fishing trip, Reel Wives would send a gift basket loaded with goodies to his wife back home. Those involved with Reel Wives dreamed of the day that enough support could be generated to bring those women in for their own weekend retreat.
With the gracious help and support from the great people of West Texas and surrounding areas, those who were already involved and those who began to hear about Reel Wives helped make that dream a reality. In October 2011, Reel Wives brought their first group of wives in for an all expense paid weekend of pampering and fun. We also strive to provide them with love and nurturing, and emotional support as we share their laughter and their tears. We recognize that it is not only their husbands who are wounded by the effects of war. It takes time for wounds to heal, especially those that can't be seen on the outside. We want these wives to have a weekend where they can focus just on themselves; a little down time that they rarely get at home. Along with their husbands, they have sacrificed much for our country and this is our way of trying to give a little back to them.
Rivers of Recovery (Jackson, WY)
Rivers of Recovery is dedicated to providing rehabilitation to physically and psychologically injured combat veterans through innovative, outdoor-based therapies and pioneering research. We strive to provide our participants with therapeutic programs which result in measurable and sustainable improvement.
Our programs are designed to re-enable and re-energize participants and provide the support and self-confidence necessary to maximize long-term recovery.
Sail to Prevail's Disabled Veterans' Program
A Free Weekend of Sailing - Honoring those who have served our country, Sail To Prevail dedicates at least one weekend each summer to our distinguished veterans wounded in combat to enjoy the camaraderie and fun of sailing together. The usual fee is waived for this weekend – the sailing is FREE to the individual sailors! Since 2007, Sail To Prevail has hosted this special weekend of sailing for Veterans, in collaboration with Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Salmon for Soldiers (Union, WA)
The mission of Salmon for Soldiers is to offer a sense of normalcy and relaxation to our returning veterans by providing them with opportunities to engage with other sports fishermen. Salmon for Soldiers’ fishing events and opportunities are designed to help reduce stress and to open participants up to new relationships; while they learn a skill that can bring them many hours of fun and relaxation. Our events are designed to accommodate veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and other physical challenges.
Salute America's Heroes Road to Recovery Conference and Tribute
The Road to Recovery (R2R) Conference and Tribute is a multi-day all expenses paid educational and motivational event for wounded veterans and their families to enable them to approach the future with hope and to be better prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. It features seminars, workshops and panel discussions where attendees learn about resources and services available. Experts from government, private sector and other veteran-focused non-profit groups and corporations offer advice and guidance on: career counseling and transition, caregiver support, family counseling and enhancing personal relationships.
Semper Fi Fund Kids Camp and Mentor Program
The Semper Fi Fund hopes to engage the children of injured service members and
provide them with unique activities and challenges, where they will experience
success as an individual and as a member of a team. Activities will facilitate bonding
of youth with a mentor who will serve as the focal point for follow-on support
during the school year. Visit outdoorodyssey.org to see a video and learn more about camp activities and programs. Sometimes a single experience can define a lifetime.
Seven Stars Foundation
The purpose of the Seven Stars Foundation is to make a positive impact on the children of military members which include the fallen, wounded, active, deployed, and reservists. We accomplish this mission by sponsoring the children to YMCA camps across the country for a week where they can establish lasting bonds with new friends.
Shane Woods Memorial Purple Heart Hunts Inc.
Spc. Shane W. Woods gave his life while serving his country in the cause of freedom during combat operations near Ar Ramadi, Iraq on August 9, 2006. Shane was a man of outstanding character, with a strong commitment to Duty and Honor. He grew up hunting, fishing, and hiking in the wilds of Alaska, and was proud to defend the freedoms that we enjoy here at home.
Shane Woods Memorial Purple Heart Hunts , Inc. was formed as a way to honor the sacrifices of our nation's heroes. We believe in the healing and restorative properties of spending time in the outdoor activities that are a large part of our national heritage. It is our wish to help share some of the passion and enthusiasm with which Shane lived by providing guided Alaskan big-game hunting opportunities to Global War on Terrorism veterans that have been wounded in the call of duty.
Show of Support, Military Hunt, Inc. (Midland, TX)
The purpose of Show of Support is to demonstrate public support for the men and women of our military by providing outdoor opportunities to those injured in service to our country.
Started by Terry Johnson in 2004, the program also seeks to bring public awareness to the outdoor sports of hunting and fishing, respect for our resources and the care and preservation of those assets in addition to simply saying thanks.
In an effort to show support to the men and women of our military forces a reception is held. Each year, U.S. Service Men and Women from different branches of our armed forces will be honored for their service to this country. The banquet will be held prior to their departure to participate in an all expense paid whitetail deer hunt. This is our way of saying "Thanks" West Texas style!
Men and women from any branch of service who were injured and are discharged or will be discharged prior the scheduled hunt, are eligible for consideration to participate in the outdoor adventures that we offer.
These individuals have selflessly given their service to our nation to guarantee our safety and to protect our freedoms. There is not a more noble cause than what these individuals have taken upon themselves to do. Their sense of honor, dignity, pride and sacrifice is what allows us to live in a nation that others clamor to our borders to be a part of. They have volunteered to put their lives on the line for their beliefs, a free America. Free from the threat of a segment of those who would want to see us living in fear. This mighty nation will and is standing up to this terror threat thanks to these individuals.
Skills 4 Life (Military Warriors Support Foundation)
Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) provides recreational outings and family mentoring in the Skills 4 Life program with hunting, fishing, golf, sporting events, family outings & vacations. The goal is to provide combat wounded military and their families with the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and thank them for their service with these opportunities. We want our wounded heroes enjoying the activities they did before their injuries.
Sling & Stone Outfitters (Glenmont, OH)
Sling & Stone Outfitters is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping disabled veterans experience the outdoors. They help provide hunting gear, fishing tackle, and other equipment to disabled vets. Additionally they assist them in acquiring guided hunts and fishing trips.
Sportsmen's Foundation for Military Families (Lorida, FL)
The Sportsmen’s Foundation helps our military veterans, many of them disabled, improve their stress coping skills, and regain the confidence necessary to live full productive successful lives. Veterans are invited to participate in outdoor and hunting activities, activities proven to be extremely therapeutic, beneficial, and long lasting.
The Sportsmen’s Foundation for Military Families (SFMF), a charitable organization, is established to provide combat veterans a chance to participate in the hunting sports. Any combat veteran of the United States Armed Forces, or an immediate family member of a veteran killed in combat, is eligible to apply. Our hunts have proven to be extremely therapeutic to those in need. However, participation is not limited to those who have been wounded in battle or are suffering, any combat veteran may apply. All hunts are professionally guided. It is our way of saying thank you for your service.
State Parks - New Hampshire
New Hampshire disabled veterans are admitted free of charge at all day-use parks. Special number plates issued to disabled veterans or a letter issued by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs certifying that the veteran suffers from a service-connected disability shall constitute satisfactory proof under this section.
Tails-A-Waggin' Acres Hunting Preserve - Annual Free Pheasant Hunt (Marion, MI) - Last weekend in September
This is an annual, free Disabled Veterans Hunt which takes place at the Tails-A-Waggin' Acres Hunting Preserve.
Take a Soldier Fishing
We assist communities at large, by offering them the ability to show their support for the troops by sponsoring our Take A Soldier Fishing program. This allows service members to see just how much they are appreciated. For those that serve to support our fishing program, it gives the individual the ability to see how their support makes a profound difference in a service member or veterans life by providing a safe and positive outdoor experience.
We strive to show that there are people out there that care, and want to help. By providing these events, we have found they give the soldiers something to look forward to. We have also found that soldiers have also changed their outlook on life - the way they feel about wearing their uniform and a new sense of hope.
Take a Warrior Fishing (Cast for Kids)
The Take a Warrior Fishing program was established in 2011 and events are designed to support military personnel and their families, specifically targeting persons assigned to Warrior Transition Commands, by creating an adaptive, community-based outdoor recreation experience through the sport of fishing. Numerous studies have shown that traumatic events not only affect the psychological structures of the self, but also the attachment and meaning that link individuals and community. This program seeks to restore those disconnects. Each event will have the capacity to accommodate up to 150 families and brings in numerous community partners.
TAMCO Foundation (Tampa Bay, FL)
TAMCO Foundation hosts an Annual Grand Slam Fishing Tournament, where wounded heroes who sustain injuries in the War on Terror (blindness, wheelchair bound, amputees, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other health issues) enjoy a fishing expedition on Tampa Bay.
The Guardians Foundation Outdoor Sportsmanship (Post Falls, ID)
The Outdoor Sportsmanship Program offers hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities that have been proven to benefit veterans suffering with PTSD and physical injuries.
The Link Up
A non-profit organization connecting injured veterans with various donors willing to offer assistance participating in outdoor activities. Our mission is to empower a Warrior-in-Transition with self-reliance to choose and enjoy the outdoor sport of their interest. Our vision is to create a network which links veterans wounded in action or while serving our country with hunting and fishing partners and opportunities through an online community.
- That all wounded warriors become self-sufficient to enjoy hunting and fishing through a network of outdoor enthusiasts willing to share their time and/or resources.
- To build on the camaraderie that service members enjoy by creating a ‘net’ for wounded veterans to connect with other patriotic persons: retired, former military, active/reserve soldiers, or the dedicated citizen.
The Welcome Home Initiative Retreat
A free 3-5 day retreat for members of the Armed Forces and their families
- Talks by veterans and trauma specialists
- Opportunities for reflection and healing prayer
- 600 beautiful acres for recreation and relaxation
- Handicapped-accessible facilities
- Optional marriage and family counseling
Our goal is to minister practically and prayerfully to members of the Armed Forces and their families, providing support and resources to help them heal and thrive.
Our mission: To show our appreciation for the men, women, and families serving in the Armed Forces. To help those who have suffered trauma in combat, be it physical, psychological, or spiritual, by providing ministry and resources for health and healing.
To preserve the confidentiality of every person. To connect combat veterans with appropriate specialist agencies and resources including:
- Combat stress and trauma experts
- Critical incident debrief specialists
- Marriage and family life counselors
- Suicide prevention counselors
The Wounded Veterans Fishing Program (Olympia, WA)
Our goal is to provide an alternate means of therapy for our wounded returning from combat with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and physical disabilities. Give them a stress free, non medical environment to interact with others returning from combat and those with previous combat experiences to increase their moral. Finally to provide them with a tool to reutilize in the future should relapse occur.
Tight Lines for Troops (Manistee, MI)
Annual Tight Lines for Troops Charity Fishing Tournament for Michigan's veterans. This free event helps disabled veterans have fun, and thanks them for their outstanding service to our country.
Travis Mills Foundation Retreat (Rome, ME)
In June of 2017, we opened the doors of our national retreat center for recalibrated veterans and their families.
Trinity Oaks (San Antonio, TX)
Our organization provides hunting, fishing, and outdoor experiences to our nation’s war heroes.
For our heroes, our valiant men and women who have served in the military, Trinity Oaks hosts an experience of a lifetime! The events are just as much about the hunting and fishing as it is about showing our humble appreciation and immense respect for these brave men and women.
Through adaptive methods, such as Trinity Oaks’ Action Trackchair (a customized, all-terrain wheelchair on tracks), veterans can move beyond physical limitations to enjoy hunting and fishing with increased mobility and independence. Trinity Oaks understands that not all injuries are physical and often host veterans who are dealing with PTSD and other mental traumas.
For most warriors, simply being outdoors and participating in the great sports of hunting and fishing is the best form of therapy. At the end of each trip the harvested fish and game is processed and given to the participants or distributed to others who are in need of a nutritious meal.
Vacations for Veterans
Vacations For Veterans is a nonprofit organization created to provide recently wounded veterans of the United States Armed Forces with a week of free lodgings donated by a vacation homeowner. Each wounded veteran faces new challenges: readjusting, rebuilding their lives, and reconnecting with their families. For many of our wounded veterans, time away to rejuvenate is a luxury that is often unattainable and unaffordable.
When you make a donation of time at your vacation home, or a donation of money to sponsor a veteran, you give our wounded veterans a brief respite when they need it most. You make entire families feel better through your generosity.
Vail Veterans Program (Vail, CO)
Since 2004, the Vail Veterans Program has been transforming military injured and their families through individualized world-class outdoor programs building confidence and life-long relationships. Through rehabilitative sports and recreation activities the Vail Veterans Program is helping to build confidence and give hope for the future.
Valhalla Sailing Project (Annapolis, MD)
Valhalla Sailing Project is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness of the Veteran Suicide epidemic and develops resilience and self-efficacy in the veteran community. Through the sport of competitive sailing, we offer wounded, disabled, and separating members an experience that replicates the sense of teamwork, camaraderie and esprit de corps that so many find absent in their post service lives. Through direct involvement with individual veterans as crew members and through direct engagement with the public in the sailing community Valhalla Sailing Project is committed to raising awareness of veteran issues and ending veteran suicide.
Veterans Outdoor World Inc.
Whether you are a disabled veteran, non-disabled veteran, or a non-veteran who loves the outdoors and is willing to help our disabled veterans enjoy the outdoors, we want to welcome you to the organization.
Our goal is to help as many disabled veterans, who love hunting and fishing, continue to enjoy their love for the outdoors as much as possible. Keeping in mind, not all disabilities are physical. To accomplish this, we hope to make personal connections between our veterans and volunteers to allow as many opportunities as possible to stay active in their desired activity.
Veteran Tickets Foundation
Our mission is to give without prejudice FREE tickets to all veterans, active duty military and their families as a way of saying Thank You! We team up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues and everyday ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets to the more than 26 million veterans and active duty military in the United States.
Walleyes for Warriors (Bay City, MI)
Honoring and thanking Michigan veterans for their service with an enjoyable day on Saginaw Bay.
Walleyes for Warriors is an organization, working with Operation Injured Soldiers, conducting our annual Walleyes for Warriors fishing tournament free to all veterans and active duty service members.
As a sincere thank you for sacrificing to serve our country, we would like to welcome you to our annual Walleyes for Warriors veterans charity recreational event. It is our pleasure to spend the day fishing with you to learning the names and faces of the individuals who have protected our country and provided us with safety and freedom.
Again, ALL veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are encouraged to participate, especially those who served in overseas conflicts, have service-connected disabilities, Purple Hearts, or were POWs. We expect to have an excellent turnout again!
Warrior Beach Retreat (Panama City Beach, FL)
There are so many heroes in this great nation and so many families we can encourage. Our vision is to bring wounded warriors and their spouse or caregiver to Panama City Beach for an extended weekend of rest and relaxation. This retreat will be a time that can give them hope to carry on … a feeling that their sacrifice was not in vain… and a knowing that we as a nation are truly grateful for their service and sacrifice.
Our desire is for the Bay County to be a role model for the nation. Our community has donated condos/ hotel rooms, restaurant meals, gift baskets, fishing trips, movies, tours, attraction tickets, car rentals, money and much more to show honor and appreciation for the sacrifices these soldiers have made… for us.
Warrior Bonfire Program
The Warrior Bonfire Program is an organization created for service members who have been wounded in combat operations. The purpose of our programs are to encourage camaraderie between those that can fully understand the mindset of a combat wounded soldier and /or their spouse, foster healing through those relationships, inspire growth towards new passions and purpose post military service, or simply know they are not alone. Our programs center around hosting retreats that include therapeutic small group communications and activities such as hunting, fishing, skiing and more, with each event concluding with a bonfire. Our events are designed to set the examples of getting out with others to combat isolation and rejecting the use and need of self medication.
- Bonfire Adventures are our signature multi-day retreat events that are reserved primarily for post 9/11 Purple Heart Veterans. We go all over the country, doing a variety of activities that include hunting, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, NASCAR driving, whitewater rafting, or whatever we can find that creates an optimum experience.
- Our Wives Weekends are full of rest and relaxation to help energize and motivate our most treasured caregivers of our modern day heroes. These women have an opportunity to learn from each other, listen to each and support each other.
- Hangin' At The Bonfire is held the 1st Monday of the Month at our headquarters located on the grounds of Camp Down Range in Clinton, MS. We host local veterans (or those that happen to be in the area) to come out for Food, Fun and Fellowship around the Bonfire.
- Jammin' At The Bonfire can occur almost anywhere at anytime, but is regularly held on the 1st Wednesday of the Month at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Hospital in Jackson, MS. Led by one of our Board of Directors and famous musicians Lloyd Munn and accompanied by several of his music buddies, we will be filling the air with fun and uplifting tunes! We give out harmonicas and provide a variety of other instruments to use, so that all who want to join in can!
- Bonfire Ambassadors are those Purple Hearts that have attended our Bonfire Adventures and have identified to us that they want to help their military brothers that are struggling in various ways. It is our mission to save as many as possible from falling into hopeless despair in which they look to suicide as the answer for their pain. When we learn of a veteran that is struggling we will do everything in our power to help. The best people to hear their struggle are those that can fully understand the struggle. Those that have attempted suicide have a 40% chance of attempting it again. Our Ambassadors see this as a new way to serve their country and fellow service members.
- Campfires are events that are offered to the Warrior Bonfire Program that are either one day opportunities, special events, or opportunities that our members might enjoy. Anytime we find something we think our members will enjoy and we can offer all aspects with no expense for the the veteran, we get them connected. We have done alligator hunts, flights in WWII fighter jets, sporting events, airshow passes, golf days and more.
Throughout the year, Warrior Plantation offers a variety of wellness retreats for veterans.
Warrior Retreat at Bull Run (Haymarket, VA)
Our mission is to provide a “home away from home” environment for our nation's wounded, ill and injured warriors currently residing at nearby military hospitals. At the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run, warriors and their families have a respite place to relax and enjoy!
Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation (Bozeman, MT)
Our mission is to provide traumatically injured U.S. servicemen and women from Iraq and Afghanistan with a high quality restorative program, utilizing the therapeutic experience of fly fishing on Montana waters.
WQW brings wounded warriors to Montana for a six day program of fly fishing and recreation. Most warriors who come are still in rehab in the military hospital system. Once here, they have the opportunity to relax and to learn to fly fish in the quiet and beautiful surroundings of Montana and neighboring Yellowstone Park.
Warriors for Freedom Foundation
Warriors for Freedom Foundation is a resource dedicated to supporting and improving mental, physical and holistic wellness for our nation's active military, veterans and their families. We partner with communities and supporting sponsors to create exciting, empowering events. We salute your service and we’re honored to serve you. Find out more about our programs for: golf, hunting, motocross, fishing, and cycling.
Warriors on Cataract
Warriors On Cataract sponsors 4 day whitewater trips on the Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park from Moab to Lake Powell for our disabled veterans. We accommodate veterans with very significant levels of disability, such as severe PTSD, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic injuries, multiple amputations, burns, depression, substance abuse, and those with wheel chairs and service dogs.
The Warrior Weekend Program provides weekends of rest and relaxation for America's Heroes who have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and who are undergoing recovery at our Military Medical Centers. Our focuses is on small groups of between 8 to 12 personnel and provide them optional events to participate in at various destination cities. The idea behind the program is to take these heroes and their family members out of the hospital environment for a weekend.
Wounded Warrior Anglers of America (9 chapters across the U.S.)
The mission of Wounded Warrior Anglers of America, Inc. is to help rehabilitate the mind, body, and soul of all service members who have been injured, wounded or disabled in the line of duty no matter what their era of service.
The mission is carried out by actively mentoring warriors while fishing. The fishing trips actively promote a friendly and peaceful environment and helps warriors heal by being around other veterans and caregivers who understand their mental & physical issues.
We hope to bring inspiration and confidence to our wounded warrior anglers through teaching fishing techniques and the development of new friendships that can be sustained for a lifetime.
Wounded Warrior Outdoors
Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Inc. is a non-profit organization exclusively founded to provide wounded servicemen and women with therapeutic outdoor adventures across North America. WWO gives deserving active duty warriors in transition the opportunity of a lifetime in the wilderness location of their choice. We call them “Adventures Enabled.” Their adventure could take them bear hunting in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, on alligator hunts or fishing excursions in the Gulf Coast region of Florida or deer hunting in Texas. During their experience, they will participate in therapeutic activities such as backpacking, trail expeditions and numerous social interactions.
Wounded Warrior Outdoors provides this all-inclusive adventure at absolutely no cost to the servicemen and women, their families or the government. Transportation, lodging, meals and documentation of the adventure is provided free of charge. It is because of this arrangement that Wounded Warrior Outdoors relies entirely on private donations. Administration, general offices and personnel services are donated.
Fifty wounded, but active, members of the military are selected to participate each year. Our host facilities are of the highest quality and offer all the comforts of home. WWO also provides complete outfitting including gear, clothing and field transport. Even taxidermy services are provided at no charge.
Most important to the program, active duty warriors in transition are provided with all the accessibility and equipment necessary to make it an adventure that is truly memorable and one in which they can participate fully. No matter the individual’s disability, our focus in on ability and making sure their adventure becomes the memory of a lifetime.
All military branches have participated in our program and we have many relationships with military hospitals that help us facilitate our programs.
Wounded Warrior Patrol
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Patrol is to support the recovery and family bonding of wounded warriors, warrior spouses or caregivers and their children through the recreational therapy of snow sports.
Based in the Carlisle, Pennsylvania area, the organization is run entirely by non-paid volunteers. The Wounded Warrior Patrol board is comprised of ski patrollers, their family members and friends many of whom are veterans. Currently, there are more than 20 active member volunteers who give countless hours each year to the planning and execution of our core mission.
Wounded Warriors Family Adventures
The WWFA organization provides family adventures, which include transportation, lodging, activities, food and counseling sessions at no charge to disabled warriors and their families.
Over 50,000 US soldiers endured physical injuries in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and an estimated 300,000+ suffer from Traumatic Brain Injuries or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The sacrifices of these wounded warriors extend beyond the listing of their injuries – career possibilities are often diminished and family relationships, fractured. This unique Wounded Warriors Family Adventures program strives to achieve two goals:
- Broaden the Warriors’ perceptions of what they can achieve; and
- Reconnect family members through enhanced communication and understanding.
Our signature event, the Family Ski Week, is a week-long program in Breckenridge, Colorado, which features one-on-one adaptive ski and snowboard lessons, group outings and family counseling for 10-12 warriors and their families. In 2013, a second event was added called Family Mountain Experience. It is held in late summer and is a 4-5 day program featuring a river trip, challenge course, trail rides, and family bonding sessions.
Wounded Warriors Family Support's Family Programs
The families of our combat wounded suffers greatly — emotionally, psychologically and financially. The overwhelming stress of the recovery process can threaten to tear a family apart.
Wounded Warriors Family Support’s Family Programs provide retreats to wounded veterans and their families free of charge. The family retreats are a chance for wounded veterans to heal and reconnect with their loved ones in a peaceful, non-stress environment.
Our family retreats give wounded veterans and their families a break from the pressures of everyday life to take time to become stronger as individuals and families. Wounded veterans are given the opportunity to decompress and share in positive experiences with their spouses and children, strengthening the bonds of their families and making lasting memories.
Wounded Warriors Guide Service
Wounded Warriors Guide Service is a cost free guide service founded by veterans for veterans. We provide waterfowl hunting opportunities for our vets that have been wounded serving our great nation. We are always preparing for the waterfowl season and decided that we want to share our great experiences with those who have sacrificed greatly for our country.