military outdoor organizations

These military organizations focus on the outdoors, recreation and alternative therapies. From fly-fishing and skateboarding to mountaineering and yoga. These resources are dedicated to active duty, reservists and veterans only.​

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Other Programs & Activities for Military

Here are some other activities that will get you connected with other troops and veterans! It’s important to try new things and get yourself outside the barracks or even your normal routine. These are some of the great organizations that are offering various ways to keep you active, happy and creative!

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Hunting & Fishing Programs for Military

Enjoy the wildlife? Here are the organizations that connect troops and veterans to the wilderness through hunting and fishing opportunities! From big game and bird hunting to freshwater and fly fishing, you’ll get to capture your meal of the day with other hunting enthusiasts!

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On Wheels for Military

If you find excitement on 2 or more wheels, here are the organizations for you! Their events and programs not only give you the chance to hit the road, but to learn some of the fundamentals to driving, navigation and even building motor vehicles. Strap in, you’re going to have a fun and fast time.

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Aquatic-Based Programs for Military

If you’re a water aficionado, these are the organizations to get connected with! They offer an array of events and programs that get you out on the water with fellow service members and veterans. From sailing and kayaking to surfing and scuba diving. Get to know these organizations and fuel your water adventures.

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Military Outdoor Organizations

Multi-Sport Programs for Military

Get a taste of various activities with these organizations as their events, programs and retreats feature all kinds of opportunities for every kind of troop and veteran. Whether you ski, hike, rock climb, scuba dive or fish, you’ll discover how much more you could be doing with your life in the great outdoors!

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Equestrian Programs for Military

Discover what life has to offer on top of a horse! Here you can find equestrian-focused programs, retreats and events across the United States for active duty/reserve personnel and veterans. This view point is not only beautiful, but many of these programs offer technical and instructional classes about horsemanship, riding, pack training and more!

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The Swel Mission

Provides al inclusive four-day, three-night surf trips for veterans that focus on the mind, body, and soul. This is accomplished through yoga, wholesome family style meals, and, of course, surfing.

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Warrior Surf

Works to provide free surf therapy, wellness coaching, yoga, and community to Veterans struggling with PTSD, anxiety, depression, transition issues, and other mental health issues.

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The Valhalla Sailing Project

Through the sport of sailboat racing, The Valhalla Sailing Project provides wounded, disabled and separating Veterans the sense of camaraderie that is missing from civilian life.

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U.S. Patriot Sailing

Fosters a supportive and understanding veteran community through sailing that helps participants navigate the hardships of transition, rehabilitation after injury, and the complex life challenges associated with combat deployments. 

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Sail Ahead

Uses sailing and the ocean as a therapeutic platform to foster healing in our military community. They partner with local Yacht Clubs and sailing organizations to take military veterans, active duty, and family members sailing.

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The Warrior’s Keep

Provides free outdoor expeditions where Veterans can experience the challenge and reward of participating in expeditions with a team of fellow veterans. These expeditions are designed to build camaraderie, establish sense of purpose and increase quality of life.

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Wishes for Warriors

Is a veteran run, volunteer operated non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to returning hope and passion back into the lives of combat wounded heroes, through therapeutic outdoor adventures, awareness, education and passion, after experiencing a life altering injury.

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Mustang Heritage Foundation

Connects active-duty military and veterans with wild horses in an effort to help both the participant and the animal. With the help and guidance of an MHF trainer, participants spend approximately 30 days gentling a previously untouched horse. Through the gentling process, participants also learn basic horse care and management.

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Veterans Yoga Project

Working in partnership with veterans, active-duty military personnel, student veterans’ organizations, and other non-profit organizations, VYP-trained instructors teach over 100 free yoga classes each week for veterans and their families. They also provide certified yoga training opportunities.

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AmpSurf

 Provides Learn to Surf Therapy Clinics to veterans and other disabled individuals. All ocean crafts and wetsuits for participants are provided and they host VetSurf – Every Friday at Addie Street Parking Lot, Pismo Beach CA.

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Recycle for Veterans

Brings together service members and veterans for cleanup events at various locations. Their environmentally friendly events allow troops to continue their efforts in bettering the community while being outdoors and networking with other likeminded individuals.

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Reel Warriors Foudation

Hosts fishing trips, golf tournaments and other outdoor adventures for veterans.

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Irreverent Warriors

Brings service members and veterans together through the use of humor and comradery. Annually, Irreverent Warriors hosts Silkies Hikes across the country, bringing anywhere from 400 to 800 participants. 

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Pendleton Surf Club

Focuses on spreading the positive force of surfing to all military members on or near Camp Pendleton.

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High Country Veterans Adventures

Improves the overall quality of life of the U.S. Veteran by connecting them with the outdoors through physical and social adventures. They offer backcountry skiing opportunities for free, but participants must manage the cost of travel and accommodation. 

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Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans

The mission of Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans is to reduce veteran suicide through the healing nature and camaraderie developed during outdoor activities such as camping, hunting and fishing.

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Camp Hero Kentucky

Provides 3-4 day getaways for wounded veterans and first responders, to allow them to be able to enjoy the tranquility of the Appalachian Mountain outdoors, while being able to talk and fellowship with other wounded heroes.  

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Hometown Hero Outdoors

Hometown Hero Outdoors was founded with one primary goal – to extend our reach to every law enforcement officer, military service member, and military veteran and ensure that they’ve got a way to temporarily escape the daily stress and frustration of civilian life through a safe outdoor adventure of their choosing.

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Whitetail Warrior Project

Supports efforts to get Wounded and Disabled Veterans into the great outdoors to enjoy hunting and connect with community.

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Canyon Heroes

Provides veterans with adventure therapy experience–hiking and rafting the Colorado River to help heal the psychological wounds of war.

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23rd Veteran

Helps service members and veterans who are living with trauma by offering a unique 14-week mental health program has freed veterans from a life of isolation, anxiety, panic, and depression.

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Valor Equine Therapy Services

Provides a resource for the ever-growing demand for professional assistance in mitigating the damaging effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI) suffered by military veterans, law enforcers, firefighters and EMT responders.

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Veterans Club Inc

Offers a broad range of programs, from their Equine Facilitated Mentoring Program to building community through shared cups of coffee. Each program is designed to provide connection and support to Services Members, Veterans, First Responders and their family members. 

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Warrior Connection

Provides residential retreats and services to Veterans and their families to heal the invisible injuries incurred while in uniform.

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Tactical Reintegration Project

Here at Tactical Reintegration Project (TRP), our team of veterans has developed a diving program designed to assist active service members leaving the armed service.

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Soldiers Freedom Outdoors

Offers retreats and recreational therapy activities to veterans.

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MTB Vets

Provides mountain biking opportunities to the veteran community.

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4 Wheel 2 Heal

Provides off road experiences to wounded and disabled veterans through the help of donations and merchandise sales. Money raised helps pay for food, registration fees, and lodging.

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Warfighter Made

Provides off-road recreational therapy opportunities to combat wounded veterans. 

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Pineland Farms (Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training)

Offers recreational activities such as archery, cycling and cross country skiing to veterans.

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On The Water with Veterans

Provides fishing trips and opportunities to connect with other veterans.

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Freedom Fighters Outdoors

Our goal here at FFO is to raise awareness and seek public aid for needs, services and activities for injured veterans. Our events facilitate injured veterans in assisting each other through teamwork based outdoor recreational activities by providing unique, once in a lifetime outdoor activities. 

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Wounded Waters

The mission of Wounded Waters is to give wounded warriors including Combat Veterans, Active Duty Military and First Responders outdoor adventures like fishing trips so they can take a break from worrying about all the stressors of daily life.

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Fishin’ Buddies for Veterans

Provides fishing therapy for military personnel and veterans, and a national database of “Fishin Buddies” who can connect for trips.

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Honoring Our Veterans

Honoring our Veterans offers five week-long sessions each year. Honoring Our Veterans covers the cost of, airfare, transportation, lodging, meals, activities and equipment.

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Abled Veterans Outdoors

Focuses on empowering Veterans with life skills and opportunities to connect with the community by hosting retreats and volunteer opportunities.

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Special Liberty Project

The Special Liberty Project provides outdoor adventures to Healing Veterans and Gold Star Families

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VETOGA

Provides yoga, meditation, and healing arts to military, veterans, their families, and communities.

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Six Feet Above

Provides veterans and service members a cost-free retreat/resource center focused around skateboarding and other positive therapies to help veterans and service members win their battles with mental illness, to include post-traumatic stress (PTS). Their retreats are cost-free, multi-day experience centered around skateboarding and other healthy lifestyle habits.

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Hooks for Heroes

Hooks for Heroes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that gives back to American Veterans & First Responders by providing them with free of cost fishing trips to help cope with the physical and mental injuries during their service. 

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American Odysseus Sailing Foundation

Is a not-for profit organization with the mission of providing relief, assistance, and opportunities to veterans, military service members, and their families though sail training, coastal cruising excursions, and offshore sailing expeditions.

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Wounded Heroes Hunting Camp

Wounded Heroes Hunting Camp (WHHC) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping wounded combat veterans heal. We accomplish our mission by getting our Wounded Heroes outdoors hunting and fishing thereby challenging them, empowering them, and enabling them to do the things they love to do.

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Mission 43

Mission43 offers meaningful events and opportunities designed for you to stay active and connected with the Mission43 community. Everyone is welcome, including our civilian supporter and first responder members. 

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Q Missions

QMissions helps service members and veterans heal through service to others. Their Memorial Day Build in Mexico is a major mission of theirs that focuses on bringing a team of veterans to Mexico to construct a home for a family in need.

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One More Wave

Our mission is to provide wounded and disabled veterans with customized surfing equipment and a community to surf with. By equipping veterans and connecting them to our global network of surfing volunteers, we empower them to heal through surf therapy from coast to coast.

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Motorcycle Missions

Motorcycle building programs and welding courses for eligible troops and veterans. Participants meet once a week until the completion, and they have the opportunity to ride and show off the bike for at least six months before it is sold or raffled off to raise money for future projects.

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Trail Therapy Offroad

Trail Therapy Off Road partners with industry professionals to help train veterans in trail navigation, recovery techniques, obstacle negotiations, and off-road etiquette. Four wheeling, rock crawling, mud bogging, off-road racing, shooting, and camping are included activities.

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The Dirt Therapy Project

Hosts mountain biking events, meetups and programs for service members and veterans.

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Team Overland

Outdoor adventures for veterans that is based in the Pacific Northwest and guides outdoor adventures as an outlet for Veterans to overcome challenges associated with service-related physical and mental health disabilities, and to facilitate Veteran reintegration back into civilian society.

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New England Adventures

Hosts all-expense paid outdoor sporting events, therapeutic events and activities for New England Veterans, current service members and their family members. 

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House in The Woods Veterans

Outdoor activities for veterans and troops with retreats for active duty military, veterans, and their family members, in the great wilderness of Maine.

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Wounded Warriors in Action

Devotes all its energy and resources to supporting the men and women wounded in combat who were awarded the Purple Heart medal. WWIA supports these phenomenal Heroes by providing them with the opportunity to participate in world-class outdoor sporting activities at no cost to them.

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Gathering of Mountain Eagles

Their focus is on providing 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, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports

Outdoor programs for injured vets and their families. STARS offers daily programs throughout the winter season and weekly programs and camps during the summer in alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, archery, cycling, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, paddle sports, water Skiing, and more.

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Adaptive Adventures

Programs for injured veterans and active duty troops. Adaptive Adventures travels the country with 15 trailers filled with adaptive equipment providing programs to under-served areas of the country.

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Mighty Oaks Foundation

Free Programs, meetings, activities for veterans with intensive peer-based discipleship through a series of programs, outpost meetings, and speaking events. Our Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs hosts such Men, Women, and Marriage Advance Programs at multiple locations nationwide.

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Veterans Adventure Group

Events and activities for veterans who seek adventure and thrill. Veteran guides lead a majority of the events across the nation and include mountaineering, rock climbing, snowboarding and much more.

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Outward Bound

Outward Bound for Veterans helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.

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Team RWB

Is a fitness community for veterans that hosts national events through their chapters.. National events provide real-life and virtual opportunities to build a healthier lifestyle and includes activities such as hiking, swimming and running. 

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Warriors Expeditions

Offers long distance expedition programs for combat veterans. They provide veterans with everything required to complete a long-distance outdoor expedition at no cost to the veteran.

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Warrior Sailing

Provides maritime education and outreach for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans.

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Veteran Surf Alliance

A Santa Cruz based nonprofit that creates fellowship and community among veterans through surfing, easing the transition between military service and civilian living.

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Waves Project

Provides an opportunity for American Veterans with service connected disabilities and their families to experience scuba diving

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Operation Surf

Our mission is to channel the healing powers of the ocean to restore hope, renew purpose, and revitalize community. Operation Surf’s curriculum-based programs aim to inspire injured military and veterans to seek wellness in all aspects of their lives while providing the necessary resources, tools, and peer-to-peer support to continue this mindset indefinitely.

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Heroes on the Water

HOW provides kayak fishing opportunities and all equipment for veterans. Our volunteer-led events come at no charge to participants and their families.

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Project Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters brings a high-quality, full-spectrum fly fishing program to an ever-expanding number of disabled active military service personnel across the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, in Military Hospitals and the Warrior Transition Command.

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Team River Runner

Offers paddling activities for wounded/disabled war veterans. TRR programs are open to veterans of all eras and their families, as well as non-service connected individuals either with or without disabilities interested in furthering the mission of TRR.

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Horses Healing Maryland’s Military

HHMM is a new coalition of licensed Maryland stables offering horsemanship and therapeutic programs to veterans and their families. 

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Restoration Ranch

Provides a safe-haven for equine learning and development that nurtures the well-being of veteran families through the gift of the horse

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The Front Country

Offers Ski/Snowboard instruction through small (2-5 person) group clinics. All participants have the opportunity to participate in individual wellness coaching sessions with a Licensed Independent Social Worker and yoga classes as well.

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Patriots Hockey

Offers veterans and troops hockey practices twice a week, 25+ regular-season games for the full season teams as well as 2-4 additional tournaments (separate cost).

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Connected Warriors

Offers yoga-based activities for veterans and troops with additional yoga teacher training opportunities. 

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Veteran Martial Arts Training

Veterans Martial Arts Training is a A 501(C)(3) that offers 100% Free Martial Arts Program for U.S. Military Veterans, Reserves and Active Duty. 

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War Horses for Veterans

Offers 3-4 day programs for combat veterans that teach the basics of horsemanship. Free for participants and may redo the program as often as they like as long as they bring another combat veteran.

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Saratoga War Horse

Equestrian therapy for veterans with PTSD.

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Reining Liberty Ranch

Reining Liberty Ranch offers community based programs that serve Veterans, their families, and other disabled/at-risk individuals within the Grand Traverse Community. The ranch programs focus on the horse-human relationship and include Relational Horsemanship, Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Equine Facilitated Learning and agricultural activities.

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Harmony Acres Equestrian Center

Equestrian program for veterans.

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Saddles in Service

The Saddles In Service program offers Active Duty Military, Veterans, Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, and First Responders the unique opportunity to explore their own healing alongside a rescue horse.

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Heroes and Horses

Helps male combat veterans surpass mental, physical and spiritual issues through connecting them with the wilderness and of course, horses.

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PB Abbate

Free retreats at their Montana-based cabin and events hosted nationwide by local chapters that include activities such as hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and more.

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Huts for Vets

Offers wilderness-based programs for veterans.

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Big Fish Foundation

Outdoor organization for veterans with small, intimate events.

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Dare to Dream Ranch

Various programs for veterans and families.

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Achieve Tahoe

Activities for veterans with permanent disabilities and their families. They offer 50% off their activities and have additional scholarships to cover the full cost of activities if needed. They also host annual Military Winter and Summer Sports Camps that provide lodging meals and activities for free.

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HAVE-Alaska

Is an Alaska-based organization dedicated to promoting the physical and psychological rehabilitation of American Veterans injured in service to our country through outdoor activities and travel.

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AdventureVet

AdventureVet is a non-profit organization that delivers Outdoor/Adventure activities, Motorcycle & Recreational Therapy, Vocational Training and additional life changing, life saving holistic wellness programs specifically developed to assist wounded and amputee combat veterans with their needs and the issues they deal with on a daily basis.

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Expedition Balance

Expedition Balance supports the mental health of Veterans through yoga, meditation, artistic expression, outdoor living, and so much more.

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The Big Red Barn Retreat

Utilizes 75 acres of land to provide veterans, active duty and their families activities and programs that assist them in overcoming stressors caused by their duties. Activities include yoga, Equine therapy and Thai Chi.

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Continue Mission

Provides recreational and educational events that support and empower veterans and offer opportunities for healing and camaraderie.

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Vail Veterans Program

Outdoor programs for severely injured troops that range from summer and winter therapeutic recreational programming, caregiver-specific wellness events, and empowerment training.

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Wisconsin Hero Outdoors Fund

Works with Veterans and First responders to aide in suicide prevention by utilizing the camaraderie of outdoor activities to address the physical and mental health challenges brought on by the stresses of service.

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Friends of Disabled Veterans

As part of their program, they take disabled veterans, along with a family member or friend, on local hunts. They have acquired access to private land from landowners who wanted to give back to disabled veterans. Friends of Disabled Veterans have helped design and create unique scissor lifts on trailers that veterans can use to reach heights up to 20 feet, allowing them to view the surrounding area for their hunt.

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Operation Comfort

Adaptive sports programs for wounded, ill injured troops and veterans.

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Camp Patriot

Numerous outdoor activities and programs for wounded/disabled vets, such as fishing, hiking, motorsports, skiing, and hunting.

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Disabled Veterans Outdoor

Provides free outdoor recreational programs for any veteran who is now disabled for any reason. 

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Alaska Healing Hearts

Offers year-round outdoor recreational opportunities for America’s brave wounded warriors and their families. Rehabilitation activities include fishing, skiing, rodeo and various other outdoor pursuits. 

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High Ground USA

Recreational therapy programs for disabled veterans.

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The Heroes Projects

Creates training and expedition events

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No Barriers Warriors

Is a non-profit organization with a veteran program that hosts adventure-based trips for veterans with any VA disability rating.

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Veterans Expeditions

An outdoor organization to connect all veterans through events and networking opportunities

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Motorcycle Relief Project

Motorcycle tours for veterans that are 5-day dual-sport motorcycle tours and are specifically designed to provide relief to veterans with PTSD and related issues.

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VeloVets

Aids in an experience that leads to a more active life through cycling while improving the overall quality of life for veterans.

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Racing For Heroes

Motorsport racing for vets, including a three-day course of study at their Headquarters at Virginia International Raceway and the chance for veterans to build and drive their own cars.

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Hook, Line and Heroes

Faith-based fishing events for veterans who are disabled or have PTSD.

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Veterans Fishing Adventure

Offers Veterans and their families fishing and boating trips on the Potomac River in Fairfax VA and Occoquan River in Lorton, VA. 

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Rifles to Rods

Provides high quality fishing experiences for all military veterans, for FREE!  They connect veterans with their fishing community, enabling them to learn a skill set, meet like minded individuals and improve their overall well-being. Programs include salt water and fresh water fishing opportunities.

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Mission Fish

The Purpose of Mission FISH., FISHING, INTERACTING SHARING & HEALING  is to organize and plan fishing day trips and provide FISH therapy for PTSD and TBI for Veterans, Active duty service members, 1st responders and Gold Star families.

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Warriors and Quiet Waters

Brings veterans to their ranch in southwestern Montana, for their first-time Fishing Experiences (FX). FXs are completely free to participants and include travel to Quiet Waters Ranch in Montana, as well as gifted equipment for participants to take home with them. Participants join a group of up to 6 veterans or caregivers who are ready to reflect on their service, find community in the WQW family, and discover a sense of purpose.

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B4 Outdoors

Provides veterans, wounded war heroes, at-risk youth, and the disadvantaged and disabled with life-changing outdoor experiences through hunting and fishing.

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Operation Reboot Outdoors

Offers hunting and fishing trips to Veterans at no cost, and with no hidden fees. They have registered Maine Guides on their team and are focused 100% on bringing the experience of our natural environment to veterans.

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Freedom Hunters 

Freedom Hunters is a military outreach program that takes select active duty and combat veterans, families of fallen heroes, children of the deployed, as well as those wounded or injured, on outdoor adventures.

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