We understand that after returning home from combat or extended duty, veterans and active-duty soldiers often feel disconnected. We commiserate with veterans experiencing significant uncertainties when faced with extended physical recovery periods, and know this adds to the challenges they face after sacrificing their peace and safety to serve their country. One study of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans showed that as many as 30 percent of returning soldiers screened positive for PTSD.*
While the Veterans Outdoor Fund doesn’t provide professional medical services, we do provide relief in the form of a human, primal need: time in nature. We take veterans of all kinds—wounded or not—and guide them into the outdoors with a supportive group. We embolden veterans to be active and enjoy the great outdoors.
Hunting, fishing, hiking and other outdoor expeditions are led by real hunters and anglers, some of them veterans who know where participants have been and how to work through the pain and adjustment of coming home. It doesn’t matter when they served or where, all veterans who need a little peace from the experiences of war, service, and the stresses of modern life are welcome at the Veterans Outdoor Fund.
*U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs PTSD in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Jun 3, 2015. Available at: www.publichealth.va.gov/epidemiology/studies/new-generation/ptsd.asp.
In March of 2001, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, America's oldest veterans’ organization, founded the Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund (ORHF). The organization sought to help wounded veterans venture into the outdoors after receiving medical care for serious injuries. In December 2012, ORHF became its own entity, and since that time has continued to make the joys of outdoor recreation a reality again for thousands of veterans. In March 2017, the organization changed its name to Veterans Outdoor Fund (VOF).