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October 26, 2011

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October 26, 2011

I have been an outdoorsman my whole life, but this opportunity gave me new perspective on the outdoors. For me it was too easy to think the woods would be there when I was ready to go enjoy it. Being invited on this hunt got me out and I quickly realized I had been taking the outdoors for granted. Just like tomorrow, nothing is guaranteed. You have to go enjoy it and experience it right now. Someday should be a bad word and used with extreme caution. After my experience in Iraq I learned that tomorrow is not a sure thing. Since coming home from overseas I started to think getting out hunting and enjoying nature was too cold, or work. I forgot about the solitude and rewards. There are a lot of great causes out there, but by now almost every American family has be affected by the Global War on Terrorism in one way or another. If someone had one hour to give, or one dollar, this would be the spot. I would not have had the experience and re-charging I did without others help. Helping the next veteran will be my new mission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

English River Outfitters got me out in the woods enjoying the outdoors more that I could imagine Individual results will vary on whatever a veteran wishes to take or give to the experience. I made friends and had a chance to not think about my roll in war, but my roll in each day I have in front of me.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This outfitter does not need to be changed, it needs support to fulfill its mission. I am going to help change that by paying it forward and helping with fundraising for other veterans. Every hour spent by someone helping and every dollar will only make English River Outfitters better and better.

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How did you find this group?

I had heard of it, but I was invited on this hunt

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

This experience rekindled my love of the outdoors

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 25, 2011

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October 25, 2011

"Designed by Veterans for Veterans," aren't just words. I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend at English River Outfitters in October of 2011 and the experience was very transforming. I had never deer hunted or used a bow but the proprietor, Chuck Geertz, had already arranged for pro-staffers and other life-long hunters to be on site to assist our group of Veterans which made the hunt all the more enjoyable because of the invaluable information we received. More importantly than the hunt, were the conversations we had at the lodge, around the campfire and while traveling to and from the blinds and deer stands. We all are Iraqi Veterans and that weekend offered us the opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy the company of our brothers. As for the facility itself, the word that keeps dominating my mind is "Visionary." Chuck knows exactly what he is doing and what direction the resort is heading. In this most rustic setting, his hospitality created the atmosphere of a top-notch bed and breakfast. As the resort progresses, he will be able to serve Veterans in an even greater capacity. You can take the Veteran out of English River Outfitters, but you can't take English River Outfitters out of the Veteran.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the comraderie I was able to experience and the new skills I was able to learn.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...grow it. Based on the enjoyment I got from my weekend at English River Outfitters, I cannot fathom what this place will be able to offer once Chuck's vision is completed.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I stumbled across it online.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

In an effort not to sound existential I would have to say that being at English River Outfitters provided me the environment I needed to stop, look around and re-evaluate how I'm living my life. It also revitalived my advocacy for Veterans!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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