The Adaptive Sports Center enhances the quality of life of people with disabilities through exceptional outdoor adventure activities. The successful programs the ASC provides are inclusive to families and friends empower our participants in their daily lives and have a positive enduring effect on self-efficacy health independence and overall well being.
Camaraderie Rescue Mission Inc. is a veteran-founded and veteran-led charitable organization that focuses on providing social and humanitarian outreach at locations around the United States. Specifically, our mission is to directly engage with local and national agencies to connect, support, and sustain veterans and first responders through our offerings as well as through other likeminded organizations within our network of friends. Utilizing this vast network, it is our intent to end isolationism and suicide one life at a time.
Through Camaraderie Connection events, retreats, virtual and online mentoring, and follow-up interactions, we will provide connect with community services, outreach organizations, and likeminded veteran nonprofits to offer assistance to our brothers and sisters as they face challenges daily. By connecting with teammates at events held in outdoor settings and providing information in a classroom setting, will restore old friendships as well as build new ones along the way.
The Caregiver Resource Directory is designed to help empower military caregivers with information about national-level resources and programs specifically for them. Topics include: helplines, advocacy and benefit information, career transitions and employment, military caregiver support, children’s needs, education and training, financial support, rest and relaxation, and others.
The Courage Foundations mission is to foster post-traumatic growth restore purpose and transform lives through integrative self-awareness physical health mental toughness emotional resilience and spiritual well-being.
They offer specially arranged sailing and racing events for recovering warriors and their families. In cooperation with veterans organizations and foundations, CRAB has offered two-day sailing clinics specifically for recovering warriors to learn to sail and race. They are happy to schedule sails for individual family members/friends and group sails for multiple people.
Creative Healing Connections offers arts retreats for people who are in need of opportunities to heal. We provide guided, creative activities that encourage self-expression, new awareness and re-connection with our healthy selves.
Offers educational scuba diving programs that are open to any veteran with a disability, with the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value. Diveheart works with individuals who have a variety of disabilities, including physical and developmental disabilities, vision and hearing impairments, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and more.
They are committed to bringing both service-member and civilian together on the golf course to provide purposeful opportunities to connect Special Operators and their families with the civilian community through meaningful engagement and bonding.
Freedom Hunters is a 501c3 military outreach program dedicated to honoring those who protect our Freedoms. Freedom Hunters reflects the outdoor communitys appreciation to our troops by taking select active duty and combat veterans families of fallen heroes children of the deployed as well as those wounded or injured on outdoor adventures. It is with immense pride and enthusiasm that Freedom Hunters carries on the American tradition of hunting fishing and shooting.
We know transition is more than a change of jobs and zip code. It’s a new family dynamic, new employers, new healthcare, new schedule, new priorities…the list goes on. All of these new aspects of life can be overwhelming when occurring all at once.
No battle plan fits each individual’s transition – but that’s where GallantFew comes in. Our entire team comprises of military-affiliated people – either veterans, military spouses or active duty volunteers, providing one-on-one mentorship tailored to YOU. The only piece of the journey that’s the same for each person we serve – the objective: establishing a life of hope and purpose.
Get started on your purpose-filled journey by taking the GallantFew Azimuth Check. What are you waiting for?
The GallantFew Rangers’ mission is to facilitate a successful transition for Army Ranger veterans from active military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose. RLTW!
VetXpo is a gathering of like-minded individuals, professionals, and businesses with the objective of the growth of oneself and others. Taking place across the nation, topics of each VetXpo vary, though the focus is always on enhancing one’s life and learning from each other. How will you help others live their best lives?
GallantFew supports a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Weekly, we host free indoor rock climbing nights in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, Fayetteville, NC, and Richmond, VA with more locations coming soon. Outdoor recreation is more than just fitness, it’s about the camaraderie and community that’s formed during these gatherings. Not into fitness before? No worries! There are activities for all fitness levels – novice to expert. The goal is to get out with other veterans, have fun, and get some exercise.
Functional Emotional Fitness Coaching
Burris Functional Emotional Fitness (FEF) coaching is a component of the GallantFew STAR (Self Training And Response-ability) program. Throughout the coaching the process, you and your coach will focus on achieving your objectives in the five main areas of Functional Fitness: emotional, spiritual, physical, professional and social. There is no charge for a veteran to go through this coaching. Check our “Events” page for dates we offer coaching.
STAR Program 1:1 Mentorship
The GallantFew STAR (Self Training And Response-ability) Program is the method by which GallantFew provides one-on-one mentorship to veterans. The Program encompasses mentorship in the main fitness areas of transition from military service to civilian life: emotional, spiritual, physical, professional, and social.
Gold Star Peak, Inc. is a team of Gold Star Families, veterans, service members and their families, that have all seen the devastation that combat has brought from the battlefields to our homes and communities. The organization was formed in direct response to the growing number of individuals and families that continue to struggle from the effects associated with years of continued combat service.
We are an Alaska based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that connects Veterans and Gold Star Family members together in nature, assisting with their overall healing and grieving process. We work independently or through fiscal partnerships with local and national organizations with similar visions.
Our goal is to offer a setting in the outdoors bringing healing to all as well as empowering each to become thriving members within their families and communities.
For our Veterans and Gold Star Families, we provide free of charge, either half or full day adventures in nature surrounded by some of the most peaceful and pristine settings of Alaska. We move entirely at your pace and experience level.
Our half day adventure starts at 8am and finishes by 12pm and our full day adventure starts at 8am and finishes by 4pm.
Half Day Adventures: Hike up to 4.0 miles total with easy to moderate gain in elevation, roughly 300-1500’.
Full Day Adventures: Hike up to 12 miles with a moderate to extreme gain in elevation, roughly 3000-4000’.
Either adventure guarantees to include beautiful scenery and great company.
All of our guides are combat Veterans that have many years of experience in the military and backcountry.
Hometown Hero Outdoors’ is a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit with the mission of providing first responders, military service members, and military veterans with outdoor opportunities to assist in healing and building healthy relationships within the community.
These outdoor adventures are a form of recreational therapy. It’s a way to encourage these frustrated, stressed, and struggling individuals to get off the couch and onto the water, into the woods, or even up a mountain with like-minded individuals with similar backgrounds. This ultimately provides them with a strong community of supporters who will listen with understanding ears, celebrate their achievements, and be there for them through thick and thin.
Our ultimate vision is to have a future where Hometown Hero Outdoors assists all first responders, military service members, and veterans in conquering the challenges they face as they attempt to integrate into society. If you want to help us, use the Donate button below or Contact Us to learn about Sponsorship Opportunities.
Hometown Hero Outdoors was founded with one primary goal – to extend our reach to every first responder, military service member, and veteran and ensure that they can temporarily escape the daily stress and frustration of civilian life through a safe outdoor adventure of their choosing.
By facilitating outdoor activities such as hunting in Alaska, camping in the Pacific Northwest, and fishing off the coast of Florida (to name a few), we give them the opportunity to:
– Connect with individuals who have experienced similar situations
– Begin the mental healing process through outdoor fun and relaxation
– Build a strong and positive support system for moving forward
– Conquer challenges, overcome obstacles, and settle into civilian life
Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine
RESTORING HERO’s & REUNITING THE FAMILY
The most painful injuries are not always visible. Whether it’s Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), combat stress or any other mental health condition, we are here to help you get through it. Every veteran and 1st responder affected by PTS has unique challenges and goals. We provide a variety of programs and services to help these individuals take the steps each day needed to put trauma and pain behind them and pursue a brighter tomorrow.
LOVE HOPE RANCH operates to provide tools for healing and restoration for the entire family. Our programs will allow our veterans the opportunity to make strides to positively change their lives and others affected by PTS. Our program model addresses the physical and mental health needs of each individual.
Are you someone affected by or experiencing PTS? Can you imagine your life free from fear and anxiety? Know that PTS does not have to be a lifelong disorder. Healing, Restoration and Recovery is possible.
This program is fully funded by donors and grants through our 501(c)3. There will be no cost for the veteran and family.
LOVE HOPE RANCH
Restoration camp gives the guests and family members the tools to overcome the obstacles they face in life. In an all-male, all-female, couples retreat or youth camp, you’ll participate in activities such as interacting with horses, nature trail walking, fishing, camp fire sessions, outdoor cooking, scavenger hunts and more. Through a multi-day adventure with PTSD trained professionals and fellow warriors, you’ll find yourself not only building strong relationships, but also healing, restoring your sense of self, and rediscovering a new YOU.
Horses have been used as healing therapy since ancient times. The beauty and spirit of these animals is very much like our own: rough, strong, ready to run great lengths for freedom, however calm and peaceful inside. Through this therapy we will find a sense of peace, love, friendship, trust, and unity with our animal companion.
Our Youth Program offers fun filled options for your child to make memories that will last for a lifetime. We make time for outdoor fun, art creation, healing moments with Jesus’ teaching, self-development, athletic obstacles for team building, and more.
Trauma affects everyone in its path. It is vital that we understand that this state of mind is only temporary. By learning to embrace each other’s needs thru grace, patience and forgiveness, we can bring back the peace, love and spark that you once had within your relationship.
RELAXATION & TRANQUILITY
Our minds and bodies tend to get away from us at times. In order to regain control and find inner peace, we must enter a state of relaxation. The quiet and stillness is critical for our mind, body and soul to align. Are we really out of control, or do we just feel like it?
We are the only one in control of our thoughts and feelings, so it is up to us to maintain a healthy body and sound mind. With a little restoration and polish, you can feel brand new. With a little vulnerability and trust, you step out of the dark loop of trauma that plays over and over.
Our mission is to provide programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition for our nation’s combat-wounded veterans and Gold Star families. Our programs focus on housing and homeownership, recreational activities, transportation assistance and leadership development. Through select programs, we have awarded nearly 900 mortgage-free homes and payment-free vehicles to combat-wounded heroes, Gold Star spouses and their families in all 50 states. In addition to the home or vehicle, the families receive family and financial mentoring.
H.O.P.E. 4 Heroes
We are excited to introduce a new opportunity for female veterans. HOPE House is a shared living environment, which will serve three female veterans while they pursue vocational training or a higher education. The low-cost monthly fee will ease the stress of higher rent payments, allowing them to focus on a new direction for their lives.
In addition to safe and secure living quarters, veterans will be provided a life financial mentor. Working together to develop a plan, the mentor and veteran will communicate monthly, reviewing budgets, credit reports, savings goals, and exploring new opportunities, while setting goals for lifelong success.
Requirements to Apply:
1. Must be a female veteran.
2. Must be actively enrolled in a vocational school
Transportation 4 Heroes
Awards payment-free vehicles to veterans wounded in direct combat with an enemy force & unmarried Gold Star spouses who’s loved one was killed-in-action. In addition to the vehicle, the recipient will receive 1-year of family and financial mentoring.
Requirements to Apply:
1a. Must be a veteran wounded during combat (Purple Heart recipients given priority) or wounded during combat training from any American military conflict.
1b. Must be an unmarried Gold Star Spouse of a veteran who was Killed-In-Action or Killed during combat training.
2. Must be honorably retired or separated from the military or within 90 days of discharging.
3. Must be able to obtain vehicle insurance.
4. Must not have more than 1 vehicle loan/lease per household.
Homes 4 Wounded Heroes & Homes 4 Gold Stars
Awards mortgage-free homes to veterans wounded in direct combat with an enemy force & unmarried Gold Star spouses whose loved one was killed-in-action. In addition to the home, the recipient will receive 3-years of family and financial mentoring.
Requirements to Apply:
1a. Must be a veteran wounded during combat (Purple Heart recipients given priority) or wounded during combat training from any American military conflict
1b. be an unmarried Gold Star Spouse of a veteran who was Killed-In-Action or killed during combat training
2. Must be honorably retired or separated from the military or within 90 days of discharging.
3. Must intend to use this home as your Primary Residence. Priority will be given to applicants who do not currently have a mortgage
Skills 4 Life
Providing recreational outings and peer-to-peer mentorship to veterans wounded in direct combat with an enemy force & unmarried Gold Star spouses whose loved one was killed-in-action with hunting, fishing and golfing adventures.
Upcoming Events that you may be eligible for: (If order to qualify, you must have applied and submitted documentation to be considered for this program.) To apply for these events, please choose the event’s application below.
Requirements to Apply:
1a. Must be a service member wounded during combat (Purple Heart recipients given priority) or wounded during combat training from any American military conflict.
1b. Must be an unmarried Gold Star Spouse or Gold Star child of a veteran or who was Killed-In-Action or Killed during combat training.
2. Must be honorably retired or separated from the military or within 90 days of discharging.
Vehicles 4 Heroes
Do you have a vehicle that you do not want or need and you want to make sure it has a purpose?
DONATE IT! We are pleased to accept any vehicle, in any condition! Fill out the donation form, click below! Once you submit the form, a member of our Team will be reaching out to you to discuss next steps!
If you have any questions or concerns, you can call to speak to a member of our Team, please call (877) 679-HERO (4376)
Leadership 4 Life
A one-year program focusing on recommissioning combat wounded veterans for the mission of life. We believe that everyone is here for a purpose. Leadership4Life is here to help you find yours and walk with you while you develop a plan to execute and fulfill that purpose. This one-year program has been carefully developed as an empowering journey that will ultimately redeploy you into your life, family and community.
Requirements to Apply:
1. Must be a veteran wounded during combat (Purple Heart recipients given priority) or wounded during combat training from any American military conflict
2. Must be honorably retired or separated from the military or be less than 90 days prior to discharging
Nine Line Apparel was co-founded in 2012 by two brothers and US Army Veterans; CPT Tyler Merritt, CPT Daniel Merritt and Myles Burke. Their vision was simple, to create a high quality clothing brand to be enjoyed by Patriotic Americans around the globe. In the past few years, their brand has grown exponentially and they have decided to give back to the community they once served thus forming the Nine Line Foundation. Nine Line represents the grit and commitment of all Patriotic Americans. The term itself is iconic within the Armed Forces to represent a distress call to aid service members wounded in battle. The Nine Line brand has a similar call to action. Founded on the principles similar to other value based organizations, Nine Line aims to promote the issues faced by all those who have served their country. Nine Line encourages a conversation between those who serve and those who support them by creating a lifestyle brand that brings the two communities together. Nine Line is committed to creating Jobs here in America. We have made a conscious decision to move away from foreign made materials wherever possible. In 2017, Nine Line opened a 60,000 sqft facility in Savannah, GA. Although remaining profitable is the tenant of all successful business, we have innovative ways to ensure this occurs while returning manufacturing to the US. We are perfecting our skills in the apparel industry and are always looking to expand to other markets.
Our mission is two fold. 1. Raise awareness of the harsh circumstances our severely injured service members and their families face once their life threatening injuries are stabilized. 2. Greatly improve the quality of life of our wounded heroes, focusing our efforts on the each individual candidate’s needs.
|Operation Black Hills Cabin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a comfortable, peaceful and supportive respite to qualified, combat-injured veterans and their families, from the Iraq/Afghanistan operations, in their rehabilitation from their traumatic and stressful experiences while serving the interests of our Nation. Further, their program will provide an opportunity to the disabled veteran to reacquaint themselves with their family, enrich and enhance their lives and create lasting memories in a quiet, leisurely environment with little or no cost to them.|
Americans support our Troops serving in times of war in many ways. Writing letters mailing care packages welcome home events or by showing support for a deployed service member or Veterans family. OCC provides support and comfort to adopted units of deployed military service members serving in Iraq Afghanistan and other conflict regions. Working within communities and through donations received from all over the country OCC assembles and ships care packages to adopted units every month until they return home. They currently support up to 200 units monthly.
|The mission of Operation Healing Forces (OHF) is to serve the needs of our active-duty and recent-veteran wounded, ill, and injured Special Operations Forces (SOF) and their families by starting or continuing the process of mentally, physically and emotionally healing in preparation to return to the fight or transition successfully into civilian life.|
Mission: They are patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill veterans. They support Veterans and their families by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. They are dedicated to promoting public awareness of the many sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.
|The mission is to help veterans coping with posttraumatic stress reduce social isolation and strengthen family, community, and professional bonds. This mission is accomplished through intensive filmmaking workshops enabling participants to collaborate with peers to process their service experiences. They also incorporate screening events that validate veterans’ experiences, advance community dialogue, and educate the public about the mental health challenges facing veterans and military families.|
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. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Maryland. PHWFF is dependent on tax-deductible, charitable donations and the help of numerous volunteers to meet the educational, equipment, transportation, and related needs of its participants.
Project Refit is changing the negative connotation around getting mental health support.
Project Refit is doing this by implementing and supporting simple, make sense programs for a military member (past/present) and first responder. We incorporate family into these programs, as well.
Normalize and host the hard conversations.
Have sizable number of fully operational Mobile Bases around the country.
CSM Martin “Gunny” Barreras was a well respected and revered leader to thousands that served under him. He led from the front, still participating in combat operations even when he did not have to. His primary goal was to develop young men into leaders of tomorrow. Gunny Died of Wounds (DOW) on May 13, 2014.
This really had a negative impact on all of his men, current and past.
Fast forward to 2017 when Dan and James talk about a new solution to help military personnel stay connected with one another. After a couple of years of testing, research, and modification, Project Refit has landed on its new strategy of the hybrid model, combine technology and in-person support to meet the modern military member and family where they are both online and off.
Project Sanctuary recognizes that the whole family serves, and believes the best way to “support the troops” is by supporting the family. We work with veteran and active-duty service members and their families with our exclusive, three-part A.R.T. (Assess, Reconnect, Thrive) program, combining counseling, education, self-development and recreational therapy to help reconnect and build well-adjusted families.
The Sentri Institute Inc. was founded under two core beliefs. First, to provide effective defensive firearms training for anyone willing to learn. Second, to educate the public on the history of firearms and tackle the negative stereotypes head on in an effort to bring communities closer together.
To provide funds for those unable to pay for participation in Taking It Lightly and Renewal, programs designed for emotional healing and trauma recovery, and Healing Warrior Hearts, free retreats for veterans.
The Other 23 host’s unique combined surfing and wake surfing camps. Each of the multi-day all-inclusive events are fueled by a community of amazing volunteers that introduce current members of the military and veterans, some with with disabilities, visible and non- visible, to the surfing community and the health benefits that come from surfing.
Their goal is to help those who struggle with their invisible injuries, and emotionally charged wounding to experience a fresh perspective of themselves, their lives, and the act of limitless possibilities. Their hope is to re-inspire in their clients the motivation, willingness, and courage to excel to their best selves so they can continue to live the life they were authentically meant to lead.
|The Travis Mills Foundation supports post 9/11 recalibrated veterans and their families through long-term programs that help these heroic men and women overcome physical obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide well-deserved rest and relaxation. They support these veterans through our nationally recognized retreat located in the Belgrade Lakes Region of Maine. Veteran families who have been injured in active duty or as a result of their service to our nation receive an all-inclusive, all-expenses paid, barrier-free vacation in Maine where they participate in adaptive activities, bond with other veteran families, and enjoy much-needed rest and relaxation in Maine’s outdoors.|
Casting Away Troubles & Connecting Heroes
VetCatch is a Florida born organization dedicated to using fishing and boating to focus on physical and mental healing for our disabled veterans. We are committed to restoring a sense of self through positive connections, outdoor adventure, and relieving stress on the open water.
It is the mission, duty, and purpose of Veterans Adventure Group to restore teamwork and purpose, provide support, guidance, and a strong network by building, training, and equipping teams of Veterans to thrive in extreme environments.
Every Sunday, we mobilize our teams of volunteers to make a real difference. Join us and see what can be accomplished when you get an impassioned team to focus on change.
Our community is full of people who want to help. We work to help the people providing services with the people who need them. Come connect with people in new ways.
They are a veteran led, 501c3 chartered non-profit, organization in the State of Colorado that began in 2010, to enhance the lives of our nation’s Veterans. They understand the issues and struggles Veterans deal with every day. They are a community oriented and outdoor focused organization.
The Veterans Freedom Retreat is a free, week-long retreat for veterans and their partners where you will begin your journey to being free from the stress of past traumas. It also includes free follow-on counseling. The retreat employs a holistic approach which treats body, mind, heart and soul.
Veterans Outdoors Adventures North Dakota is a 501c3 100% Non-Profit Organization & 100% Volunteer, Dedicated to YOU The Veteran & 911 Responder. They offer All-Inclusive Hunting, Fishing, Camping Trips, and Expeditions here locally in North Dakota as well as all over the United States when opportunity’s arise!
Helping veterans better achieve their physical, mental, and emotional health through sports, physical activity, and community involvement. VETSports provides thousands of Veterans with continuous opportunities to reintegrate into their communities through sports, community Service, events, and partnership.
Warrior Expeditions provides veterans with everything required to complete a long distance outdoor expedition at no cost to the veteran.
Equipment, Clothing and Supplies: Warrior Expeditions outfits veterans with some of the most highly rated equipment, clothing and supplies available from the outdoor retail industry.
Training and Orientation: Warrior Expeditions provides gear and skills training needed to successfully complete the expedition and shadows veterans during the first leg of their journey to answer questions and troubleshoot issues.
Community Support: Warrior Expeditions coordinates support in the forms of transportation, lodging and food from community supporters located along the trail.
Who We Are
It began as an idea over a decade ago.
The seed for Warrior Transition Outdoors was planted in 2010 while our co-founder Gavin was on tour in Afghanistan. Many of the soldiers around him were talking about life after the military. They recognized a gap between what resources and help the Military offers and civilian life. Many of their comrades expressed feeling alone in the civilian world. No matter how intertwined they became in civilian life, they would always be a Veteran — a person who signed the dotted line knowing they very well could lose their life for that decision, yet moved forward anyway in service of their country. Not many people can relate.
Gavin and a few of his fellow soldiers kept talking about their love for the outdoors and how they could use this passion as a transitional service for Veterans, not only to connect with other Veterans and find resources for their next life stage, but also to simply be outdoors and allow Mother Nature to do what she does best to us in our trying times — provide clarity.
Years would pass. Gavin and his brother and co-founder Gabe continued to talk passionately about the project, knowing one day it would become a reality. And thank God for those years! They discovered core components to include in the organization, like the Family Advocacy division, met key connections, and found themselves in Montana, a place truly known for its natural splendor. The seed had been sown years prior and finally found fertile soil in Montana where it is taking root as Warrior Transition Outdoors.
WQW provides respite from the stresses of war, the monotony of lengthy hospital stays and traditional therapy, and the many day-to-day struggles involved in their journey home. WQW serves active duty special operations military personnel, post 9/11 veterans, spouses, dependents and caregivers, recognizing the positive impact a Fishing Experience has upon service members who continue to experience high stress and kinetic environments.
Waypoint Vets is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization with the Mission of Uniting and Empowering Veterans through Activities and Adventure. We facilitate unique opportunities of Camaraderie and Healing for Military Veterans across America at no cost to them.
Waypoint Vets adventures combine mental and physical intensity with the stillness and beauty of nature. Our participants engage in a variety of unique activities and challenges during the day, and evenings are spent reflecting and enjoying camaraderie. We strive to deliver meaningful and lasting experiences that our Veterans can look forward to and reflect upon.
The Heartbeat of Waypoint’s Mission is to Honor our Fallen by Living, and by taking back our Health and Happiness together. On each of our Adventures, Veterans carry customized dog tags engraved with names of those we’ve lost both in war and to the war within.
MEANING AND INTENT
A Waypoint is where troops come together to reset, refuel, and recharge; enabling them to continue and complete their mission successfully. That is exactly what we want our outings to deliver by providing camaraderie, adventure, physical challenges, mental empowerment, and lasting clarity.
Our logo symbolizes the top half of a compass – N, NE, NW – because forward is the direction on which we must focus. The circles represent the ripple effect that we hope to initiate through the clarity and healing that our adventures provide.