Lone Star Warriors Outdoors (LSWO) was founded by Retired Army and Combat Veteran Chris Gill and United States Marine Combat Veteran Ed Schmidt. Both have hunted and fished and worked with non-profit organizations offering these outdoor adventures to Wounded Warriors for years. Now we have finally created a program focused on hunting and fishing trying to say thank you to every Wounded Warrior out there. As of 2012 the combined number of combat wounded warriors from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) was over 50,000. This means that there are many Wounded Warriors that have hunted or fished in the past or that have always wanted to hunt or fish and this is their opportunity. It is our goal to get those warriors back out doing what they love which is why we created Lone Star Warriors Outdoors.
The organization is run by a five member all-volunteer board. This allows us to maximize the use of donations to serve our veterans. We have no paid staff in contrast with other organizations who may serve Veterans in some capacity but whose budget is primarily used to cover fund raising and other administrative costs, over; 99% of your donations goes back to our warriors.
These men and women are our Nation's most treasured asset and we need to say Thank You to them in any way possible. By taking our warriors hunting and fishing we help to promote confidence and promote healing and a sense of belonging. Many of our warriors believe that we do not care; they hear it but do not see it. Help us to honor these modern day heroes today.
The mission of the Lone Star Warriors Outdoors is to say “Thank You” to our Nation's combat Wounded and Injured Warriors who have sacrificed mind and body in the fight on terrorism by providing a fun and relaxing atmosphere while reconnecting or teaching the American tradition of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.
"I would like to thank Lone star warriors outdoors, for the wonderful opportunity this last weekend. The hunt was a very relaxing and enjoyable one. However this was like no other hunting experience I've ever had. I was surrounded by very caring Christian people that were always there to talk, and all night if need be. This weekend was a healing step for sure.
And once again thanks to everyone involved. "
Eric Smith, SFC United States Army (ret)
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