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December 8 2015

Pictures and writeup from KGKL Country, San Angelo Texas of the parade.


December 07 2016

San Angelo - TX - Members of the community gathered at San Angelo Mathis Field Airport to welcome 24 wounded veterans from across the country.

"We have actually have eight of them from Texas this year, which is the biggest we've ever had from Texas," says founder, Chris Gill.

"We've got some from Kentucky, Oregon, Washington, Ohio, they're just coming from everywhere."

The Lone Star Warriors Outdoors will host the veterans in a weekend filled with hunting, fishing and outdoor activities.

"I'm a combat vet of Afghanistan 2005, I got injured and I've dealt with suicide," says Gill.

"I've lost six brothers this year and I want to provide a way for these guys to come out in small groups, whether it be hunting, mud riding, golf tournament, whatever, to come together and be able to talk among other veterans."

Gill says enjoys coming to San Angelo.

"I live in East Texas we don't have this kind of support. It's just amazing how San Angelo has so much support for their veterans.

A veterans parade will be held Thursday to kick off the weekend celebration.


Drexel, MO. (PRWEB) June 22, 2016

Side By Side Guru is excited to announce the partnership with Lone Star Warriors Outdoors to help raise funds and give back to soldiers who have been injured in the line of duty. Side By Side Guru, available for iOS and Android, will be donating $1 for each user that downloads the app and registers. "A goal has been set to raise $5000 for 5000 downloads. We are really excited to hit that goal because we know the donation will be going to a really good cause, it's a cause everyone should support." explained Casey Drahota, Side By Side Guru co-founder. "By downloading the FREE app, the user is helping a combat injured warrior get reconnected to what they loved to do prior to their injury." With each free download of the Side by Side Guru app, Side by Side is donating $1 to Lone Star Warriors Outdoors to give back to soldiers who have been injured in the line of duty. Download the free app now! Side By Side Guru changes the way you look at adventure. If you ride side by side vehicles, this mobile application is an absolute must have.

"These men and women are our Nation's most treasured asset and we need to say Thank You to them and help them in any way possible." Said Chris Gill, Lone Star Warriors Outdoors founder/president. "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."

Side By Side Guru will be presenting a check to Lone Star Warriors Outdoors at Muddin' For The Military, LSWO's main fundraising event for the year. Muddin' For The Military is held at Muddy Bottoms ATV Park in Sarepta, LA. Gates open to the public Friday, July 1st featuring many activities including fireworks and live music with country star, Frank Foster Saturday evening. More information about Muddin' For The Military can be found at http://www.muddinforthemilitary.com .

About Lone Star Warriors Outdoors
Lone Star Warriors Outdoors (LSWO), is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation that was created in 2012 by retired Army and combat veteran Chris Gill. Lone Star Warriors Outdoors mission is to reconnect combat injured veterans to the outdoors with outdoor activities like fishing, hunting and camping as well as provide the opportunity to bond with other veterans who have been combat injured.

About Side By Side Guru
Side By Side Guru is a new mobile application created to provide riders with a unique experience involving everything side by side. Riders have the opportunity to be social, make new friends within the industry, gain the inside scoop on events and obtain access to the exclusive riding area database. Enthusiasts stay current on industry news, communicate with vendors, and exchange ideas on a public side by side forum.

Contact: Scott Harper
Telephone: 816.892.2167
Email: info(at)sidebysideguru(dot)com
Website: http://www.sidebysideguru.com

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Dec 11, 2015


San Angelo TX -

Some of America's wounded veterans made their way to San Angelo for their 3rd annual hunting tradition with Lone Star Warriors Outdoors.
The veterans received an outstanding support from the community in more ways than one. Kendra McNamara spoke with one of them LIVE.



Dec 11, 2015



News article: Parades honor veterans, first responders


Veterans were cheered on at recent parades in Texas and Kentucky.

Veterans Day isn't the only day of the year veterans are honored with parades. In San Angelo, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky, veterans were at the center of parades recognizing them for their dedication to service.

The Standard-Times reported that school bands from all over San Angelo and other parts of Texas were on hand on Thursday, Dec. 10 to receive 23 veterans wounded and disabled by combat. San Angelo Support for Veterans, Inc. and Lone Star Warriors Outdoors sponsored the men to participate in a multi-day, free-of-cost hunting trip to a number of West Texas ranches.

"Oh my gosh, this was amazing," Chris Gill, founder of LSWO, told the Standard-Times. "I've seen parades out here before but this was totally unexpected."

Uniformed servicemembers drove the 23 veterans along the Concho River route in golf carts as the Goodfellow Air Force Base Honor Guard, the Angelo State University drum corps and members of each branch of the service paid special tribute.

In Kentucky, the 60th inauguration parade - welcoming the state's 62nd governor into office - made sure veterans and first responders received their due. WHAS 11 described how four lines of marching police officers commemorated Daniel Ellis, Cameron Ponder, Eric Chrisman and Burke Rhoads - the four Kentucky officers killed in the line of duty this year. 

An ambulance made its way through the parade as well, in memory of deceased paramedic John Mackey and fire chief Billy Ray Jarvis. 

Servicemembers were also a main part of the parade. Medal of Honor recipient and Kentucky native Dakota Meyer, a Marine Corps veteran, was among those honored. 

Charlie Coleman, a veteran who drove into town to see the parade, was moved by what he saw. "I was a coach. I've lost some players that were killed in Afghanistan and I lost a brother-in-law in Vietnam," he told WHAS 11. "So I'm pleased that they're being recognized today. What a great day for the Commonwealth." 


Dec 6, 2015


An invitation to welcome veterans

San Angelo Standard-Times (TX) - 12/6/2014


Dec. 06--SAN ANGELO, Texas -- San Angelo residents are invited to help welcome wounded combat veterans as they arrive in San Angelo on Thursday.

Fifteen veterans, some traveling from across the U.S., are participating in the second annual Wounded Warriors hunt and banquet hosted by the Lone Star Warriors Outdoors.

Several of them are flying into San Angelo Regional Airport on Thursday, and residents can help make it a warm welcome at 3 p.m., said Chris Gill, president and founder of LSWO.

"I would love for there to be a lot of people there clapping, shaking hands with the veterans as they come," Gill said. "It's just a really nice feeling to know people are so generous to take time out of their day just to meet you."

LWSO is a nonprofit organization created in 2012 to introduce veterans to an outdoor atmosphere through activities such as hunting and fishing.

The whitetail deer hunt will be spread across five local ranches whose use has been donated for the event.

LSWO is still looking for anyone interested in sponsoring the combat veterans for the hunt and banquet, Gill said.

Five sponsors have signed on to help, but 10 veterans remain without sponsors. Cost to sponsor a hunter is $2,000, and those who want to support LWSO's efforts as a dinner sponsor can buy tickets to the banquet for $50.

Hunter sponsors get two tickets to Thursday's dinner banquet and are appointed to present a veteran with a gift. The hunter sponsors will receive a receipt for tax purposes and can purchase additional banquet tickets.

A limited number of tickets are available for the banquet, which will be 6 p.m. Thursday at Christoval Vineyards and Winery, 5000 Cralle Road.

Anyone interested in attending or becoming a sponsor or for more information can call 903-253-5604 or visit lonestarwarriorsoutdoors.com.


(c)2014 the San Angelo Standard-Times (San Angelo, Texas)

Visit the San Angelo Standard-Times (San Angelo, Texas) at www.gosanangelo.com


Dec 9, 2015


Great story and video on the arrival of our warriors. They got a bi welcome by the city of San Angelo, Texas.




Dec 11, 2014


A cheerful welcome in honor of veterans



Standard-Times Dec 11, 2014


SAN ANGELO, Texas - A cheering crowd served as a welcome surprise for 12 wounded combat veterans as they arrived at San Angelo Regional Airport on Thursday. Retired Army and combat veteran Chris Gill read out the veterans’ names as they made their way through the lobby, passing by more than 50 San Angelo residents and members of Lone Star Warriors Outdoors.

The Goodfellow Joint Service Color Guard also helped welcome the veterans, who are participating in the second annual Wounded Warriors Hunt and Banquet held by LSWO. Gill said he would like to see a larger community attendance next year to welcome veterans, but overall he was happy with how things turned out. “It was a great,” he said. “I am pleased with the support of the town.”


Fifteen veterans have traveled from across the U.S. to participate in this weekend’s hunting trip.

LSWO, a nonprofit organization created in 2012 by Gill, introduces veterans to an outdoor atmosphere through activities such as hunting and fishing.


Resident Kim Dooley left work early to stop in and welcome the veterans to San Angelo. “It’s worthwhile,” Dooley said. “I think San Angelo should show their support to the men and women who have done so much for us. We should honor them.” Retired Marine veteran Corey Watson, of Bonney Lake, Washington, said he was overwhelmed by the greeting.


It’s “more than I expected,” Watson said. “It’s touching.” Watson, taking part in his first hunting trip with LSWO, said he most looks forward to meeting new people and having a good time.The veterans will be spread across five local ranches, whose use has been donated for the event, to hunt for whitetail deer Friday.


After departing the airport Thursday, the veterans attended a banquet in their honor at the Christoval Vineyards and Winery, where each was presented with a .308 rifle and scope for hunting. Sponsors made the surprise gifts possible. “The stuff that (LSWO does) is from the heart,” said veteran Will Hensley, who volunteered his time to hang out with the hunting party.


Hensley said he is not hunting this year but has been on a previous hunt where he made lifelong friends.

The hunting trip’s main goal is to get let the veterans relax, providing an environment where they can feel comfortable to laugh, cry or get angry with no judgment, Hensley said.


“What they give veterans is the opportunity to be back around other veterans,” said retired Army Staff Sgt. Spencer Milo. “When they leave the military, (veterans) miss the camaraderie, the brotherhood. LSWO gives them the opportunity to find that again.”


6 June 2014


Trace Adkins Returns Home to Play Concert at Muddy Bottoms During "Muddin' for the Military" Fourth of July Weekend
Link to Article

SAREPTA, La., June 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A native of Sarepta, Louisiana, Trace Adkins is coming home to headline a concert at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 during "Muddin' for the Military" at Muddy Bottoms ATV & Recreation Park. Muddin' for the Military is presented by SuperATV. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. on July 3 and the park remains open through Sunday, July 6 for the muddiest July 4th weekend event in the country.

Country Superstar Trace Adkins Returns Home to Play Concert at Muddy Bottoms ATV & Recreation Park during “Muddin’ for the Military” over Fourth of July Weekend. Tickets for Muddin’ for the Military are on-sale now for $55 a person at www.MuddyBottomsATV.com; admission is $60 at the gate. In addition to the concert, the entrance fee is good for the entire weekend of mud riding fun.

"This is my hometown," said Trace Adkins. "It'll be nice to come back home and see something that's not only great for the area and the folks who live there, but also puts Sarepta on the map because it's the biggest, baddest mud park in the country."

Muddy Bottoms and H.O.P.E. Outdoor Adventures have teamed up to host the 3rd Annual Muddin' for the Military. Proceeds from the event will support Lone Star Warriors Outdoors, which provides all-expenses-paid hunting or fishing trips for wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.

"I can't think of a more fun way to support and celebrate our country's war veterans than what we're doing at Muddy Bottoms, the nation's premier ATV park, over 4th of July weekend," said Harold Hunt, Owner of SuperATV. "We'll have a great time doing our duty to raise funds that will be used to reward our troops for the sacrifices they've made."

"In addition to the Trace Adkins concert on Saturday, events will be happening all weekend at the park that are sure to create lasting memories for the mud riders who turn out," said Jeff Drost, Park Manager of Muddy Bottoms. "There will be a huge fireworks show on July 4th at 9:00 p.m., live and silent auctions with proceeds benefiting Lone Star Warrior Outdoor, as well as races with some of the fastest ATVs and SXSs around as part of the Xtreme Mud Racing Series. It will be an action-packed weekend, supporting a great cause."

Tickets for Muddin' for the Military are on-sale now for $55 a person at www.muddybottomsatv.com; admission is $60 at the gate. In addition to the concert, the entrance fee is good for the entire weekend of mud riding fun.

From live music at the giant outdoor amphitheatre and ATV races, to a wide array of mud bogs and miles of trails that are sure to challenge riders of every skill level, Muddy Bottoms is an ATV-rider's paradise. To stay up to date on everything happening at Muddy Bottoms, like them on Facebook at www.FB.com/muddybottomsatv.

About the Park
Muddy Bottoms ATV & Recreation Park is a scenic, 5,000 acre park dedicated to providing the ultimate outdoor experience. The largest mud park of its kind is located just 45 minutes northeast of Shreveport, Louisiana off HWY 371 North in Sarepta. The park offers patrons amenities such as a welcome center, a fuel station, spray park, climate controlled shower house, pro shop/convenience store, repair garage, eating pavilion, amphitheatre, 184 full-service RV hookups, hundreds of acres designated for primitive camping, dump station, along with miles of multiple-terrain trails and mud bogs for all types of riders, and plenty of North Louisiana mud.



10 August 2013

Army veteran provides unique therapy for wounded soldiers


BY KYLE HARRIS Special to the Leader


An Army veteran is heading a special operation, providing wounded service members with the chance to experience what he calls “gun therapy”.


Chris Gill, 45, of Whitehouse, is a retired Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. On the return trip to his field operations base (FOB) on patrol in 2005, while exiting his armored vehicle, Gill said he was handing his machine gun off when a rocket attack threw him from the vehicle.


“It threw me back and all the weight of the gun landed on my chest with all the body armor on,” he said.


Gill retired from the Army in 2011 with lingering injuries from torn tendons in his knee, shoulder and neck injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. After returning home, he experienced a unique form of therapy after a group took him and several other wounded veterans on a hunting trip.


Since then, he has dedicated all his free time to providing as many wounded returning veterans with that same form of therapy.


Friday, Sept. 6, marked the opening of dove-hunting season, just enough time for Gill to transport a group of wounded veterans to San Angelo and give them the chance to not only be in the wilderness away from all modern-day distractions, but to give them an opportunity to be around others that share similar experiences.


Gill created Lone Star Warriors Outdoors just over a year ago.


“These trips are mainly about “gun therapy”,” he said. “The hunting, though, is really secondary. The biggest part is the war time experiences. It allows you to talk about things that are bothering you. I could say things to my wife that she couldn't understand and she'd think I was an animal. You get out and you shoot guns and go hunting and if you hit something, great, but it's about talking to others about your experiences.”


Still in the infancy of the organization, he and his associates have only been fortunate enough to hold two fund-raisers. In the past two years, “Muddin' for the Military”, an all-terrain vehicle ride, has raised more than $40,000 for Gill's organization.


This year, Gill hopes to earn $50,000 at the annual event, with the proceeds going to purchasing gifts for participants in his program, and providing funds for travel and trip necessities.


“This year, I'll take about 50 guys dove and deer hunting,” he said. “I want to get to the point where I can get them all something to remember the trip with guns, scopes, knives, backpacks.”


Even though the program has only been around for little more than a year, Gill has already taken a nationwide approach with the intake of veterans. This year, he'll have about 50 veterans fly in from Texas, North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky and Missouri.


Gill said he and the organization will begin planning for next year's fund-raiser next month.


Monetary donations can be made through the organization's Web site.


For more information, visit www.lonestarwarriorsoutdoors.com .


23 July 2013 Lone Star Warriors Outdoors gets official letter from the IRS approving them as an official Non Profit Organization.

Muddin' For The Military 2013

The second annual Muddin' For The Military was held July 4th-7th this year at River Run ATV Park in Jacksonville, Texas. The event included a VIP event on Thursday night kicking the weekend off with music by Taylor Heard and Branon Rhyder. The VIP event were for those who donated over $1000.00 before the event started in either auction items, T-Shirts or money. Over 80 people were in attendance and each got to meet the Wounded Warriors that were in for the weekend.

Cary Lake Ranch allowed the Wounded Warriors to hog hunt when not riding ATV's so a good time was had by all.

Saturday night included a raffle, auction and live entertainment by Taylor Heard and the LACs. For more information check out www.muddinforthemilitary.com and see the news links below.


(KETK) - Jacksonville Tx — Chris Gill started Lonestar Warriors Outside after being injured in Afghanistan in 2005.

He realized just how much being in the outdoors, hunting and fishing, meant to him, especially doing it alongside his fellow veterans.

But it was those late night talk, where he and others could open up about their struggles and scars, that made the greatest impact.

Which is why this organization helps raise money to send injured vets to outdoor activities, where they can have those opportunities for healing.

On Independence Day, and throughout the weekend, his organization is holding "Muddin for the Military" at River Run ATV park just outside of Jacksonville.

The money raised will help fund the organization, and this year they have doubled in size from 2012.

The week is filled with muddin events all weekend long, and it is all the help our wounded heroes.


Cherokee County (KYTX) -

A lot of East Texans are getting dirty this 4th of July weekend to thank the people who gave us another year of freedom. The second annual "Muddin' for the Military" is being held at River Run ATV Park near Jacksonville.

Last year the event raised a total of $7,600 for Lone Star Warriors Outdoors. Before the gates opened this year they had already raised $10,000. Organizers are expecting nearly four times the number of people through the gates. Of course anybody who can come out and help is welcome. We want to show you a little bit of what goes on out here."

"If you're not muddin' you ain't havin' fun," Army and Air Force veteran Timothy Pennington said.

Pennington is a wounded warrior--back home after 22 of service.

"If I could have stayed in it longer, I would have stayed in it longer," he said.

Muddin' for the military is for people like him. All weekend the "mud money" going to Lone Star Warriors Outdoors will bring wounded warriors together.

"We all have the same experiences," Pennington said. "So we can talk about it. We feel comfortable. So that's therapeutic in a way."

"They've worked really hard to do what they do and this is a support group," Suzette Thedford said. "Those guys and women fight for our country, give us our rights to enjoy the freedom that we have."

At least for this weekend, freedom means it's ok to get stuck in the mud and take your time getting back out. Because when the bill for freedom rides in on the back of a 4-wheeler, people like Pennington write the check.

"Words can't describe the appreciation I have for everyone who comes out here," Pennington said.



Gun Talk Radio Interview
December 3rd, 2012


Tom talks with Chris Gill, Founder and President of Lone Star Warriors Outdoors, a newer organization based in Texas founded by two veterans that gets wounded vets back to the great outdoors. For more info, visit http://lonestarwarriorsoutdoors.com.


Click here to listen to the podcast!


July 22, 2012


A once in a lifetime weekend excursion for  some wounded Iraq and Afghanistan  Veterans is planned for August 3, 4 and 5, at the Bar Diamond Bar Ranch outside Harper, Texas.  Sponsored by Lone Star Warriors Outdoors, a Texas non-profit corporation and Hill Country Expeditions LLC, and hosted again by Russell and Jenness Rogers, and their daughters, Jennell and Macy, Waynne and Laurice, and Denice Rogers, this latest brave band of soldiers will be experiencing the unique nature of an American experience, hunting red deer, fallow and axis, among other exotics, with the help of local guides and grateful friends.

This is the second hunt in a planned semi-annual event for the heroes of the U.S. military.  The first hunt, back in March, 2012, was, by all accounts, a tremendous success judging by the bounty of the hunters, the inspiring stories of sacrifice and bravery, newfound friendships and the tears of joy through laughter spilled by both warriors and volunteers alike.  Chris Gill, founder and president of the Lone Star Warriors Outdoors (www.lonestarwarriorsoutdoors.com) will be leading the group again with the help of Ron Martell and Jason Hall.   As with the earlier hunt, these Veterans will be from all over the United States and for most, this will be their first visit to the Texas Hill Country and first exotic game hunt.

The goal of the organization is to provide returning veterans the opportunity to get outdoors by providing a fun and relaxing atmosphere while reconnecting or teaching the American tradition of hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.  But in order to accomplish these goals, cash donations are accepted at the group’s website and several recent fundraisers have enabled the Lone Star Warriors Outdoors to carry on their mission in support of the troops who have returned battered and bruised but still with a spirit that needs a little lifting.

Hunting is not the only thing in store for these Veterans.   The volunteers, many who also participated in the hunt in March, are dedicated to making the Veterans’ weekend as special as possible.  Acting as guides for the upcoming hunt will be Mike Kennedy, David Randazzo,  John Spencer, Dory Davis, Andy Gilly, Randy Truelock, Domingo Villarreal and David Hauser.   Volunteers providing support from the bunkhouse will be Debbie Harp, Vicki Williams, Sue Sikes, Darlene Kennedy, Sue Spencer, Melanie Bruce and Kylie Villasenor.

For more information, please contact:
Mike Kennedy (830) 928-1138


Mudding For The Military

July 6-8

The first annual Mudding For The Military kicked off July 5th At River Run ATV park in Jacksonville, Texas.  The event was sponsored by Deep South Depth Finders and designed to benefit Lone Star Warriors Outdoors to help raise funds to get wounded warriors back outside and doing what they love. 

The event included a silent auction, dag races, mud races and a good time.  At the end of the weekend a check in the amount of $7500.00 was presented to Lone Star Warriors Outdoors.


Williamson Central Appraisal District


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On Friday June 8th, the Williamson Central Appraisal District presented Lone Star Warriors Outdoors directors Chris Gill, President and Ron Martell Secretary with cash and checks in the amount of $2500.00. This was an office wide fund raiser. Vicky Williams organized the event within the office and everyone participated. The generosity of the people in this office was amazing and our Thanks cannot be adequately expressed in words. After the presentation was over we had the honor of talking with many of the office staff that made this program possible. Please know that it is only because of you that we can make this program possible. Thank you to you and your families for allowing Lone Star Warriors Outdoors to provide a hunt to our wounded heroes.


Below is the press release put out by Williamson Central Appraisal District.


Williamson Central Appraisal District employees honor our modern day heroes, Wounded Warriors, contributing $2500 to Texas non-profit organization Lone Star Warriors Outdoors

Georgetown, TX, June 15, 2012:  Williamson Central Appraisal District employees dig deep in their pockets and hearts to help say “Thank You” to those men and women that have served in our military service for our country, especially those injured in combat.  Employees’ donated $2500 in support of our modern day heroes to remind them that we honor their sacrifices.

WCAD staff donations were contributed to the Texas non-profit corporation, Lone Star Warriors Outdoors, founded in May 2012 by Chris Gill, a retired Army and combat veteran and United States Marine combat veteran, Ed Schmidt, and offer outdoor adventures to wounded warriors.  In addition to saying “Thank You” to our wounded soldiers by taking them on hunts, WCAD employees’ donations enable our veterans to reconnect with other injured veterans and provide camaraderie with those who understand what they have been through.

Employee donations will go directly back to our warriors and help promote healing and a sense of belonging and remind them that we honor and care about our heroes. For more information on this organization you may visit, www.lonestarwarriorsoutdoors.com.