A couple vets this year brought back some hardware but all brought back some education on the quality waters of the San Juan and some memories of a once in a lifetime chance to be guided in a tournament format on the river.
If you are a vet or know a vet that would like to come with us on a trip like this be sure to share it with them.
We had wind, we had snow and even frost. Everyone dug in and got to be a part of the snake river corrals construction project. We fished, we hiked and we all had a good time. We are working on a major video project to showcase our work in the park but here is a snippet of this year. Huge thanks to the veteran crew this year for their efforts and always Arch for their contributions.
Click here to watch!
Wednesday at Camp Withycombe, Warfighter Outfitters was once again blessed with a donation of 2 more Action Track chairs from the Portland-based Poznanski Family foundation. One chair will be a dedicated chair for Team Overland trips and the other chair will be a dedicated fishing chair leaving the third for fill-ins and as a dedicated hunting chair.
Each chair will have its own special fittings and uses making them perfect for all three events and broaden the spectrum of uses and broaden the reach of not only veterans beings served but the use in the region.
These chairs will allow a much easier time for Veterans to travel into the region with minimal gear knowing they will have the best equipment and help money can buy for their reach when they arrive on a trip.
A huge thanks from the whole Warfighter team goes out to the Poznanski family foundation, KGW, and the Portland Rose festival and Carr family for being such wonderful and spirited supporters of our mission.
Since we are primarily Veterans serving Veterans, we really take the time to acknowledge the sacrifices our fellow servicemembers have made and truly believe in honoring those that have given the ultimate sacrifice. We also feel those souls should have a name and be honored in a way that would bring joy to those that still remember them today. Even though Memorial day origins began as “Decoration Day” following the end of the Civil war in the spring of 1865 it still pays homage to the fact that our country has always set aside a day dedicated for pausing in reflection for our fallen.
All of us here at Warfighter Outfitters have individuals on our minds that we once fought alongside or lost to suicide over the years. These individuals need to be remembered and honored not only for our own selfish reasons but for the sake of their families and loved ones.
Although a good portion of America will see Memorial day as a federal holiday and take advantage of the time off while grilling on the beach or road tripping with the family and never really recognize the true meaning of the day. Some will even say things like “Thank you for your service” or “Happy memorial day” in random passings. For most Veterans, these words and phrases are very misguided ramblings that tend to further aggravate their own path and meaning during memorial day.
Memorial Day is a day when we as the country come together to honor and remember our servicemen and women who answered America’s call to service and paid the ultimate price. Memorial Day is the time for Americans as one body and voice to stand up and say, “Thank you. We remember you.”
If you are wondering how to spend some time this Memorial day honoring those that have fallen you don’t have to go far or dedicate your whole weekend doing it.
We suggest you simply take the time to find and learn the story behind a fallen hometown hero or dedicate your holiday to a single individual. For some, it is too difficult to think about the vast amount of sacrifices that those have laid down over the years or comprehend the sheer multitude of families that have a very hard time coping this specific week of May.
You can buy and raise a new flag in front of your home.
You can visit a local battlefield and walk where those have fallen.
You can visit your War Memorial or local Cemetery with your kids and seek out the veteran headstones. Maybe lay some flowers for those that don’t have any.
You can attend a local parade or Memorial day function.
You can google a specific person, long lost relative or even ask a veteran you know about someone they lost and enjoy the stories they have to tell about that Servicemember.
You can flood your social media feeds with photos and stories of the fallen ones you cherish.
You can wear a red poppy from your local VFW to show your day of remembrance as they traditionally were among the first flowers to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium of WW1.
For most of the country at 3 p.m. local time, wherever you are on Memorial Day, we will all pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute for the national day of remembrance.
However you spend your memorial day weekend you should do it with at least one thing in mind, Nobody ever intended to be impacted by Memorial Day.
Here are some of the fallen that our team personally recognizes and will always Remember and Honor
PFC Thomas Tucker ARMY
SSG Kevin Davis ARMY
SGT David Evans ARMY
SSG Faoa Apineru USMC
SGT Frank Sandoval ARMY
SSG Timothy Hunt ARMY
LCPL Shaun Hefner USMC
CPL William Pullen USMC
CPL Steven Jorgensen USMC
CPT Frank Wesson USAF
Richard Olsen NAVY
1SGT Vaughn Army
CPT Peak Army
SPC Nevell Army
If you would like to dedicate a donation in the name of a fallen servicemember you can do so here, We will carry the names of the dedicated on our trips for the year.
Our very own Furry army veteran and Warfighter Guide, Dave made his television debut and was featured on Fox 12 Today on an episode of “On the go with joe” sharing his love for what he does and the mission of Warfighter outfitters.
Dave came to us a while back with the enthusiasm and humor that fit right into our mission so we added him to the Warfighter crew. He spends most of his time in the Portland area and really gets the mission and cause of getting Veterans like ourselves out on the water.
Here is the episode
If you are a Veteran that would like to join the Warfighter Outfitters team and helps us get Veteran out on the water or in the woods drop us a line. at Warfighteroutfitters@gmail.com
If you would like to support us by filling our tanks and getting veterans on trips you can donate here
We put both brands in one place for you to get gear that supports veterans and are brands worth supporting. Every garment you buy helps get veterans on the water or in the woods and helps us represent a cause we think is worthy.
Not only that you get a decal with every order for free!
Hats, Hoodies, Tee’s, Long sleeves, Fishing shirts!
What is there to lose, you look good, you feel good and people will know what you support!
Buy some gear, tag us in a photo of you wearing it and we will toss you some freebies!
Go to the home page www.warfighteroutfitters.org and click the gear footer at the bottom of the page!
We are honored to have made the pages of one of our favorite magazines. The March/April2019 edition of the Northwest Flyfishing magazine had a nice short story about us and the work we do on the rivers. Cheers to the staff and putting it together and getting it in print for us. And Cheers to Aaron Sewall for the pen strokes!
As any Nonprofit grows and expands to meet the needs of its beneficiaries and its donors we have listened and acted on the feedback we receive from donors to make giving easier and simpler for you when choosing to support us and our mission.
That is why we have partnered with GiveWP to offer a nonprofit-specific online donation platform that will enable each donor to personalize and keep track of their own contributions.
Here are some of the features available to each individual donor.
- Instant personalized PDF Tax deductible receipts per donation sent via your email
- Annual personalized tax deduction breakdown sent via your email every year
- Monthly recurring donation subscriptions
- Personalized tribute donations such as “In memory of” or “In honor of”
- Instant E-Card delivery to an email for Tribute donations
- Secure Stripe SSL gateway
- Secure HTTPS transactions
- Donor-specific newsletters and updates
- Zero commission charges
Here is an example of how you can personalize and memorialize your tax-deductible donation and send an instant E-Card to any email address you choose while helping us getting Veterans on trips.
Our promise to you:
Every single donor dollar you give to Warfighter outfitters will go directly into our basic operating costs such as fuel and food. We have zero salaries, Zero employees and Zero compensated personnel. We are all Veteran Volunteers and nobody takes a single penny for what we do. All of our equipment and major overhead is paid for directly with Grant money and our insurance is paid for by corporate sponsors leaving your specific donor dollars just for the actual cost of what we do.
Our average cost per head to operate is $15 dollars per Veteran. Yes, that’s right only $15. One of our typical jet sled fishing day trips runs 6 Veterans up and down the river for roughly $90 a day.
We look forward to earning and keeping your support as an all-volunteer Veterans nonprofit because, without you, our donor family, we are powerless.
Congratulations to all the folks below that were selected to join Warfighter Outfitters on our two highlight trips of the year.
The Yellowstone Warfighter roster will be filled with
C.Turner of Idaho
E.Koppel of Mississippi
D.Koppel of Mississippi
K.Dishong of Arizona
B.Manfre of South Carolina
D.Valentine of Oregon
M.Hergenroeder of Oregon
J.Slater of Texas
C.Gassert of Pennsylvania
J.Doughtery of Texas
And the Oregon Warfighters chosen for the San Juan Invitational fly fishing tournament will be filled with
Congratulations to all those who were selected for these showcase trips.
If you were not selected for a spot don’t let this discourage you from applying to future trips, We try to get new folks out on all of our trips every year so it will be unlikely these folks will get to come along on another showcase trip like this.
We will be offering Deschute jet sled fly fishing trips soon so stay tuned for your chance!