There’s a great American story that’s seldom told – a story of battle-scarred heroes that we’ve yet to meet. It’s a story of Wounded Warriors trying to find their place in the world and to feel “normal” again. This is a story about Americans we owe a debt of gratitude to.
The mountains are the perfect place for anyone to get quiet, take a breath of fresh air and let your soul fly with the eagles. Time spent on the mountain, pressing yourself to go beyond what you “think” you can do breaking those self imposed limitations, doing things you have never before dreamed that you would ever be able to do. The mountain makes you work harder, fight longer and possibly even exhaust you, but at the end of the trail there is the triumph that you have risen to the challenge and owned the mountain.
Adventures Enabled that sums up Ron Raboud’s mission with Wounded Warrior Outdoors, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping active duty service men and women get out in the outdoors while attaining therapeutic benefit, rediscovering their ability despite their current physical challenges. WWO is unique in the fact that all the guests are current wounded in-hospital patients from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Balboa Medical Center San Diego, Brooke Army Medical Center or San Antonio Military Medical Center. WWO serves 50 active duty warriors every year.
This trips warriors were USMC Ian Lennon, US Army Kisha Makerney, US Army Gabe Monoreal, & US Army Forest Williamson- mentors included JL Hendricks, Ron Hinkle, and Dennis Joyner. The warriors all enjoyed the great outdoors and all that Lake Cumberland had to offer from the serene landscapes, exciting turkey hunting and outstanding striper fishing.
The entire trip would not be possible without the support of The State of Kentucky, Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, The US Department of Agriculture, The NWTF and volunteers that included Heywood Gordon, Lindsay McCollum, Steven Hamilton, Joe Metzmeier, Tyler Matthews, Marshall Jennings, Steven Hayes, Darrell Hall, Chris Murphy, Phil Sliger, Jenny Moon, Dan Crockett, Matt Baker, Dwayne Wright, and Roger Coffey.
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.
In order to maintain this highly effective organization, we need the support of private individuals and corporations. At Wounded Warrior Outdoors, over ninety percent of all donations directly benefit these Active Duty Warriors in transition.
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.
Do you have the passion to give? The realization that these individuals are America’s best and brightest? Find out today by contacting us. Although highly selective in our corporate sponsor relationships, we welcome donations from any private individual and organization.
Through generous support and donations, we can ease some of the challenges facing our American heroes. This is their chance to feel vibrant and engaged, an opportunity of a lifetime to venture back into the wilderness and feel the wonder of being alive in nature.
This is a story you can’t put down. This is the time to listen to your heart and feel the pride of giving to the right cause.
We welcome you to the team.
Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Inc.