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Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Rehabilitative Care, Veterans

Mission: Through the experience of fly fishing in Montana, Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation is a catalyst for positive change in the lives of post-9/11 combat veterans.

Results: All therapeutic programs are based out of Quiet Waters Ranch, 112 peaceful acres near the base of the Bridger Mountains. After undergoing ADA-accessible renovations, Barnard Lodge (the main home at Quiet Waters Ranch) guarantees every program participant an experience devoid of physical barriers in which to promote healing and resilience throughout participation in a therapeutic Fishing Experience. Recruiting methods are evolving in an effort to meet the ever changing needs of post-9/11 combat veterans and their families. WQW has also expanded programming to serve military caregivers, spouses, and active duty special operations military personnel, recognizing the positive impact a Fishing Experience has upon service members who continue to experience high stress and kinetic environments. Since 2007, WQW has provided over 705 Fishing Experiences to combat veterans and spouses/caregivers from across the nation.

Target demographics: Post-9/11 combat veterans with visible and unseen wounds who are committed to creating positive change in their lives.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2018 WQW anticipates serving 104 warriors and spouess/caregivers from across the nation.

Geographic areas served: While programs are based in Bozeman, Montana, WQW serves post-9/11 combat veterans from across the country at no cost to the participant.

Programs: Six-day fly Fishing Experiences that provide warriors with camaraderie, professional fly fishing instruction, and respite. Evidence-based outcomes in the realms of resilience, well being, and quality of life have pushed WQW to develop programs for couples, alumni mentors, female combat veterans, military caregivers, and alumni interested in a year-long professional coaching opportunity.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

That's a tough question to answer, considering I liked everything about it and was repeatedly amazed by the generosity, kindness, and genuine concern for the well being of everyone present. Being comfortable around such a relatively large group of people is something I thought I was no longer capable of... Sharing space and company with so many people uniquely bonded by the experience of having endured the darkness of combat and warfare, regardless of service or era, and knowing not a word need be spoken for someone to understand that a wounded mind may never fully heal. So to try and answer your question...what I liked most about this experience was being constantly reminded of and shown the natural beauty of the world and how immersing yourself in an activity that requires your patience; and continuous effort in expanding your knowledge, skill, and understanding of the flow of life and harmony required to resonate with the rest of creation....and all through the practice and experience of seeking to perfect the art of fly fishing...and in the process, however briefly, escaping the past while immersed in life and the appreciation of it. Although each day continues to be its own battle, I at least have a good memory that reminds me, at the very least, that there are other Veterans out there that i may again have an opportunity to spend time around. They being some of the only people in this world i can be around that know the answers to questions they would never ask. The questions asked by non-Veterans that i am not able to answer in a way that makes them understand what they can never know, having never experienced what now creates a new battle for me each day. WQW’s was a few days of peace in my mind that assured me that at least the possibility of a peaceful day is possible.


Client Served

Rating: 5

After 3 tours and coming home with wounds that couldn’t be fixed, I knew I needed an outlet. I always enjoyed fishing but my experience with WQW showed me the therapeutic value of fishing and friends. From the moment I got there till this day I am treated like a friend, not a client or customer.



Rating: 5

My husband and I are long time local donors to Warriors and Quiet Waters. We have seen over the years the great work that comes from this organization. The local volunteers here are dedicated to serving our country's warriors.