I met another disabled Veteran (John Kaiser) on a cow elk hunt, sponsored by Freedom Hunters, last November. He told me then that he could arrange a Colombia River fishing trip for me thru Veteran Outdoors Inc. (VO) I never believed this would happen and didn't expect it to. So much for Not believing, John Kaiser is a man of his words and a leader in Veteran Outdoors Inc. They treated me and my wife on one of the Best Fishing vacations I have ever been on. VO arranged for Veterans Airlift Command to fly my wife and I to Astoria, OR, fish the Columbia River, with excellent lodging, meals and transportation. John Kaiser was the best guide and helped us with everything. I'm still amazed how atoshining everything came together. Veteran Outdoors Inc. is a Truly amazing organization. 100% Plus rating. Bilateral above the knees Amputee from VietNam.
Had a FANTASTIC day fishing with John Kaiser of Veterans Outdoors. The PLUS was that we all got our Limits on Fall Chinook Salmon. These folks are there FOR Veterans - BY Veterans. It's NOT just about fishing though. It IS about sharing, relaxing, and relating with and to other Veterans.
"YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN"!
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As a volunteer for Veteran Outdoors I’m continually amazed at the planning and thought that goes into making each veterans experience with VO one that will have a meaningful impact!
Veteran Outdoors sent my step son and I on a bear hunt in Canada this past spring. My stepson bagged a huge black bear! The trip provided great healing in an environment that could only be described as god's country, and created a memory that my stepson will someday share with his kids!
VO has also sponsored operation salmon for the last two years. A three day salmon fishing reunion trip of veterans and active duty soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry. It's not just a fishing trip it a reunion of a band of brothers.
VO has also covered the cost of my tackle and even some rods to take veterans bank fishing for fall salmon in the tributaries of the Columbia River for the last 3 years. I would not be able to reach nearly as many veterans without the support of Veteran Outdoors! Thanks to Veterans Outdoors I was able to personally pay for a guide to take three veterans out fishing in Astoria!
John is a great guide, helped us get out on the water (it's been years) and catch some good eating fish... A good day.
Incredible time on the trip they provided me. Could not be happier, and really helped my mental wellbeing
I went on a fishing trip (Operation Salmon) with Veteran Outdoors and everything from the second I arrived was amazing. I was able to reconnect with buddies I had last seen on the battlefields of Iraq and there is just something extremely healing about it.
The organization of the event by Toby Nunn and John Kaiser was above and beyond anything I have taken part in.
Veterans Outdoors 2018 Operation Salmon was an outstanding success, Bring veteran soldiers and friends together who have not seen each other in years so they can remember why they served this great country and to reminisce on their achievements and to member the fallen who give up the great scarifies to this nation, The True Band of Brothers, Brothers forever
I was afforded the opportunity to go fishing with these great Americans and I can say I had an absolute blast. Great time with great people! Toby N. and John K. were great the entire time ensuring we all had a great time and set the conditions for us expertly. Can’t recommend them enough!!!
After years I was convinced to go to operation salmon put on by veteran outdoors. Honestly it was a great and uplifting experience. I didn’t realize how rejuvenating it would be to hang out with brothers in arms again. The fishing was great, the treatment outstanding, and the comradery excellent.
There can be no greater reason to bring a group of like-minded individuals together than to attempt to land a fat salmon or sturgeon, whilst enjoying the insults, jokes, and humor only those with a shared brotherhood can know.
These trips help bring memories, both good and bad, to light and allow for a unique style of healing/centering oneself back in a world sometimes in too much of a hurry. The peacefulness of the area, friendliness of the locals, and the shared stories/experiences allow one to relax, making the demons dealt with become more manageable.
Definitely worth the ticket to get up there and certainly creates new memories between brothers/sisters-in-arms that will be talked about for some time.
If fishing isn't the draw, hunting can certainly be the next great thing. If neither tickle your fancy, then the time spent with service members, cops or combat medics, young or seasoned, disabled or healthy, and veteran or active duty is well worth the moments spent in the outdoors.
One of my buddies told me to keep a weekend open for "Operation Salmon" and I'm glad I went to it. It was an awesome time spent hanging out with othe veterans and just being able to get away from the daily grind of civvie life. We took a visit to see our fallen comrades at the Tomahawk memorial and in their honor attempted to drain the rivers and creeks of salmon to give homage to them. It was peaceful as well as a rewarding experience and I encourage other veterans to make the trip. Tomahawks!
This organization has changed my life and the lives of many of those I love! Having worked in the veteran non-profit sector I am very particular about what charities I align myself with. Veteran Outdoors is as good as they come in EVERY way! From financials, to mission, to follow-up; they do it the right way for the right reasons. This organization is a top level charity and the veteran community is blessed to have them!
Recently I had the pleasure of hanging out with this organization and the Veterans and their wives that were on a dream fishing trip.
I can't say enough great things about Veteran Outdoors. Not only did they provide these couples with an amazing trip but brought a ton of joy and comraderie with it. The level of professionalism and fun provided by the organization was top notch.
Amazing company that does amazing things for our Veterans! Love my VO Team.
Truly a great service to our community and those who have served.
VO is a first class organization run by incredible individuals who truly believe in service before self! Could not be more proud to be allowed to walk close to these giants. Thank you guys for everything you do for all of us!
I first heard about this organization after meeting Cody Hirt. I worked for a store where he came in to purchase items for this organization. I am the son of a veteran, and have other family and friends who are currently serving, or are veterans themselves. I have seen a few videos of their work and the support for our military veterans and believe that Veteran Outdoors Inc is a wonderful support for those injured veterans, and those who have served who enjoy the outdoors.
Totally awesome what these guys do for our veterans! They put veterans before themselves!
Great organization and even better people who run it. Thanks VO!
I have had the joy and privilege of meeting many of the men and women involved with Veteran Outdoors. There is nothing more humbling than hugging the neck of a veterans wife that watched her husband learn to walk again with two prosthetic legs and then proceed to go on amazing hunts that completely put him to the test. We have made it a family affair and taught our sons how important it is to show respect and admiration to these veterans. It is such an emotional experience getting to meet the veterans and hear there truly amazing stories and how Veteran Outdoors has changed their lives. So proud of this organization and all that they have done for veterans and how much they have taught me and my family.
I have personally witnessed many veterans surprised by this wonderful organization.
It is an absolute joy to watch these young men and women receive hunts of a lifetime.
Veteran Outdoors goes above and beyond to accommodate each one of them and whatever
Their specific needs might be. They customize each hunt for the individual and surround them
With honor and love. I am so proud of what this organization is doing and will continue to do.
I have cried many tears of joy hearing the stories the veterans have shared about their experiences.
Thank you Veteran Outdoors for doing AMAZING work and giving these young men and women
The respect and love they deserve.
I would like to thank Veteran Outdoors and all the wonderful people who are part of it. VO has made it possible for a band of brothers to reunite and have that camaraderie that we have had since long ago. Going out fishing especially with my brothers is a healing process that is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!!