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Josh B.’s Testimonial

Josh B.’s Testimonial

Mark & Those of Send- A-Vet,

 

     I first off want to apologize for the delay in this appreciation letter. There is not a word or words to describe the great time I had at the cabin in Idaho. For Rick to allow this event happen out of his own personal cabin says a lot about what kind of man, fellow veteran he is. If it wasn’t for organizations like the Send-A-Vet-Foundation these times would never happen. The crew you have on hands is amazing! For a guy like me on the East coast, getting me out there, you all made possible. The meals, along with all the accommodation’s that were provided to the other Veterans and I, again I thank you for. 

     I can only imagine what the future has in store for Send-A-Vet! I know I’ve said this before, but it’s the truth ” its things like this that make everything we do or did worth it”. Once again I want to thank you for making it possible for me to be part of something so big. I’m looking forward to doing business with you in the future and can’t wait! It was an Honor to be able to meet Everyone out there. I was able to harvest my first Black Bear, what an experience! From the Snowshoe hared rabbit to the Moose that came up the hill behind me. All these were bonuses that came along with trip. I do hope one day I will be able to give back, to help out with anything this organization needs. Thank you and take care for now.

 

Respectfully,

Joshua Bower 

COMMANDING 

0331/Sergeant/USMC

Chris Loll’s Bear Hunt Story

Chris Loll’s Bear Hunt Story

Out of the corner of his eye, Chris caught a glimpse of movement. When he turned his head, he was stunned to see that a bear had appeared out of nowhere. Like a ghostly apparition, it had seemingly materialized out of thin air in the woods where no living creature was just seconds before. Chris felt his heartbeat and breathing rate quicken as he realized that he was looking directly at his quarry.

Slowly and cautiously, the creature moved silently through the woods and began to circle the bait site in search of danger. However, hunger eventually overcame restraint and the bear began to move in to the bait barrel for a snack. Chris carefully raised his rifle and began to take aim at the bear.

As he took the safety off in preparation for the shot, an audible “click” echoed through the forest. Startled by the sound, the bear stood upright and then ran a few yards towards the safety of the woods. There it stopped and looked around for the source of the unfamiliar sound.

Unbeknownst to the bear, it had stopped in the middle of a small gap in the vegetation that gave Chris a clear and unobstructed shot. Sensing that he only had seconds to act before the bear bolted for good, Chris quickly took aim and squeezed the trigger. The report of his .30-06 shattered the peaceful stillness of the afternoon.

Mortally wounded, the bear staggered at the shot and dashed back across the small clearing before attempting to climb a tree for safety from the unseen threat. It only made it a few feet up the tree before collapsing dead to the ground.

Though events like these are no doubt familiar to many bear hunters all over the United States, this was anything but a typical bear hunt. The hunter was Chris Loll, a disabled Marine Corps veteran, and his Idaho black bear hunt was sponsored and organized by Send-A-Vet, an organization dedicated to helping veterans by taking them on outdoor adventures.

This particular bear hunt was one of dozens of events sponsored by Send-A-Vet over the past few years. The organization, which is headquartered in the State of Washington, organizes hunts, fishing expeditions, rafting trips, and other outdoor events in order to assist wounded and disabled veterans.

Rick Sutter and MarkDaniel Brasel, who are both veterans themselves, do most of the leg work involved in planning and organizing these trips. Their primary goal is to get wounded and disabled veterans out of their homes and into the outdoors. The trips are fully paid for by donations and they strive to foster a safe and fun environment for veterans to enjoy the outdoors.

Send-A-Vet also prides itself on recreating the familiar bonds that develop between members of the military when they serve together. Since virtually everyone on these trips, from the hunters themselves to the volunteers, is a veteran, they have been extremely successful in this regard and countless friendships have developed between veterans that met on trips sponsored by Send-A-Vet.

Over the years, they have helped countless veterans recover from physical, emotional, and psychological wounds suffered in Iraq, Afgahnistan, and numerous other conflicts all over the world. The response from these veterans has been uniformly positive. Chris Loll is one of these veterans and he has attended several Send-A-Vet sponsored events (including two bear hunts and a wolf trapping class) first as a hunter, and later as a volunteer.

According to Chris: “It’s an experience that really recharges and resets you and gets you out of the house. It feels good to be in that environment again because I really miss that camaraderie. It’s like stepping back in time: you’re not so high strung and I could just feel the stress melting away when I arrived.”

Experiences like this have been literally life changing for countless veterans, many of whom did not think that they would be able to enjoy the outdoors again after being wounded. Send-A-Vet specifically tailors all of their outdoor adventures to each individual veteran and can accommodate veterans with a wide range of physical abilities including veterans in wheelchairs and those with visual impairment.

Send-A-Vet trips are not just for serious hunters either. They have taken out many veterans who have never hunted before and can loan a rifle to a veteran who needs one for one of their sponsored hunts.

Don’t want to hunt? That’s no problem either. Send-A-Vet organizes other outdoor events, like fishing or rafting trips as well. Regardless of the event, their trips are very low key and you can participate as much or as little as you would like. If you would rather just sit by the fire or enjoy being the woods on a Send-A-Vet trip, they are perfectly fine with that too.

If you are interested in making a donation, visit the Send-A-Vet web site. Wounded or disabled veterans may contact MarkDaniel Brasel directly for information on how to participate in a hunt or other outdoor adventure.

Kris S.’s Testimonial

Send-A-Vet is excellent, what a great organization that helps veterans feel normal and assists them getting together and outdoors! The organization sent me and a fellow Marine Corp veteran to Utah to fish with a private charter and camp the Strawberry Reservoir. What an amazing experience! We camped a beautiful state park and fished from sun up to sun down with amazing people who treated us like they had known us our whole lives! They included their family members and treated us to fish fries from the fish we caught that day and to a crawfish boil from traps we set. My Marine Corp buddy and I had a blast! The trip really helped keep the symptoms of PTS down and we were able to disengage from the anxiety of our normal days. The best part was we didn’t have to worry about anything and Marie and I are great friends now! Thank you, Send-A-Vet, for the great trip!

 Kris S.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Andrew Inman, Spc US Marines and US Army, and George Draper, SSG US Army, on Kenai River Fishing Trip, AlaskaHappy New Year to all of our sponsors and donors! Thanks to you, we are able to provide our combat-wounded Vets amazing excursions like this Kenai River Alaska fishing trip hosted by Byron Rockstad.

These two outstanding Veterans got to bonk some salmon on a trip this summer. Andrew Inman Spc US Marines and US Army, served in Iraq and is from St. Cloud, Florida. George Draper SSG US Army from Wayne, Maine.

Our mission: Send-A-Vet is focused on sending our nation’s combat-injured soldiers on various outdoor adventures throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and even Africa. We work diligently with multiple volunteers and donors to secure the resources needed to guarantee a safe and positive experience. As a result, our program will assist in the psychological recovery of our combat wounded veterans.

Send-A-Vet is a Washington State and Federally certified 501c3 non-profit.

"Send-A-Vet"® is a Registered Trademark Federally certified 501c(3) non-profit SER. NO. 86-947,480, Filed 03-21-2016 UBI: 603339888, EIN: 46-3898253