SEND-A-VET ® Foundation



Send-A-Vet ® Foundation Mission Statement

The Send-A-Vet ® mission is focused on sending our nations combat injured soldiers onto various outdoor Adventures throughout the Pacific Northwest.  We work diligently with multiple volunteers and donors to secure the resources needed to guarantee a safe and positive Adventure experience.  As a result, our program assists in the psychological recovery of our combat-wounded Veterans.


To ensure a positive respite Adventure experience for our combat-wounded Veterans.


It is the intention of our foundation to grant combat injured soldiers a respite from the stress of recovery by sending them on adventures in the outdoors. By working with guides and groups willing to donate free or discounted trips; these trips may include but will certainly not be limited to hunting, fishing, rafting, ATV’ing, or back country horse trips. We will purchase or reimburse travel fees, license fees, cost of meals and special equipment as is necessary. By matching combat injured veterans with outdoor adventures of their choice we hope our efforts will help speed their psychological recovery and show them our appreciation for their sacrifices. Because many of these veterans have special needs they need to be paired with guides and activities to provide a challenge and an adventure.

Veteran Responsibilities

Safety is of utmost importance at Send-A-Vet ® Foundation. The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, and other Adventure sites can be very physically demanding, and most are remote. It must be remembered that we all have a common interest and responsibility for safety to ensure our Adventure is memorable. Many Veterans have special needs and requirements may include personal medications, mobility or prosthetic devices, service animals, and diets to remain healthy while enjoying your Adventure.

Veterans must bring all prescription medicines as necessary, in addition to an additional three (3) days of medications as we can’t forecast emergencies and or delays in returning you home. Medications should be taken according to your Providers instruction.

Veterans will be briefed on and comply with ALL safety regulations as presented to them by the Send-A-Vet ® staff.

Alcohol consumption should be controlled regardless of the type of Adventure you attend.

No illegal substance use at any time during your Send-A-Vet ® Adventure regardless of location.

Emergency Contact Information:

          Lowell Idaho Lodge Location

Emergency 911
Kamiah Volunteer Fire Department 208-935-0935
Lewiston Fire Department 208-743-3554   Fax: 208-746-3801
Idaho Parks & Recreation’s “Operations Division Administrator” Mr. Keith Hobbs 208-514-2450
Idaho State Police “Local Patrol” 208-209-8730
Idaho County Sheriff’s Office 208-983-1100
Clearwater Sheriff’s Office 208-476-4521
Steve Ryan and Wilderness Caf 208-926-4706
Poison Center 800-222-1222
Suicide Prevention 800-273-8255
Child Abuse 911
Runaway Hotline 800-786-2929
Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Salmon River Ranger District 208-839-2211
Salmon-Chahallis National Forest North Fork Ranger District 208-865-2700
Idaho Division of Aeronautics 208-334-8775
Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association 208-342-1438  or  800-49-3246
Idaho Department of Fish and Game Lewiston 208-799-5010
Idaho Department of Fish and Game Boise 208-334-3700  or  208-334-3701
Fishing Info 208-799-5010
Clearwater National Forest 208-476-4541
Nez Perce National Forest 208-983-1950
Lolo National Forest 406-329-3750
Idaho Panhandle National Forest 208-983-1950
Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics 303-442-8217
Idaho Road Information 511                   or 888-432-7623
Idaho Transportation Department 208-334-8000
Idaho Division of Tourism 208-334-2470
Idaho Parks and Recreation 208-334-4199


Other Adventure Locations Emergency Plans:

In the event of an accident involving a Send-A-Vet ® client, you must notify one of these Send-A-Vet ® Representative at the earliest opportunity:

  1. MarkDaniel Brasel, 253-561-4336,; or

  2. James Stouffer, Safety, 253-442-9231,

 The Plan

Report all injuries or accidents to Send-A-Vet ® Staff (Staff) as soon as possible. Any injury that occurs on an Adventure will be documented and kept on file.

 The veteran’s safety during an Adventure is Send-A-Vets ® highest priority. In the unfortunate event of a veteran getting hurt, protocol will be as followed.

Minor Injuries (not requiring medical treatment from a medical facility):

  • Self/peer evaluation of injuries;

  • Self-Aid/First-Aid as needed; and

  • Report injury to Staff as soon as possible.

Major Injuries (requiring medical treatment/evaluation at a medical facility):

  • Self/peer evaluation of injuries;

  • Begin Self-Aid/First-Aid if possible; and

  • Report injury to Staff immediately and call 911.

Staff or other qualified person will deploy to the veteran’s location and transport the Veteran back to base camp (Rick’s cabin, The Flying B Ranch, etc.) if safe to do so. If a Veteran is with an outfitter other than Send-A-Vet ® Foundation, then that outfitter’s medical plan and safety regulations should be followed.

If 911 is called, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office develops and executes a plan specific to the situation.  The local Rangers will assist in the plan as directed by the Sheriff’s Office.

If the veteran can’t be moved to the base of operations after an injury/accident, that must be reported to the 911 dispatcher as soon as possible.  In this case, the Back Country Medics will be alerted.  Details of each particular situation will dictate what the Back Country Medics bring (ie: ATV’s, trucks, horses or climbing equipment).

In the event that an ambulance is dispatched, Life Flight, Medstar or Two Bear Air will be alerted to be on standby by dispatch.

Ambulances can be dispatched from as far away as Missoula, Montana or Lewiston, Idaho.

Two Bear Air has some medical training and equipment. They are not licensed to fly injured persons to an Emergency Room. They can get the injured person to an ambulance.

Life Flight and Medstar are licensed and equipped to transport an injured person directly to an Emergency Room.

If Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and/or Idaho County Back Country Medics need assistance, then Clearwater Sheriff’s Office will assist as required. This is according to Clearwater Sheriff’s Office.

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