Montana Wounded Warriors was organized to provide residents of the State of Montana, who were wounded as a result of combat service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, with superior hunting and fishing opportunities in the state of Montana. These veterans must also have received at least a 30% disability rating from the VA for physical and/or mental issues directly related to their combat service. They must also have received an honorable discharge from the military unless they are still active duty. We are based in Northwest Montana, near Glacier National Park.
The organization is run by a nine-member all-volunteer committee. This allows the organization to maximize the use of donations to serve the Veterans. Wounded Warrior is a non-profit, volunteer organizations and is unlike other similar veteran-related programs who may serve Veterans in some capacity, but whose budget is primarily used to cover fundraising and other administrative costs.
Wounded Warrior’s mission is to take groups of 2 to 6 wounded Montana Veterans on all-expense-paid hunting and fishing trips where their chances of success are extremely high.
The focus is primarily on putting these wounded Veterans in a beautiful outdoor setting and giving them the opportunity to bond with others who have been in similar situations. Other organizations may have more resources and skills at dealing with other aspects of these wounded Veterans’ needs but we feel that the abundant natural resources available in Montana combined with a willing group of outdoor enthusiasts allow us to provide these Veterans with an unforgettable, high-quality experience.
Wounded Warriors efforts are directed on funding these trips through professional outfitters with high-quality food and lodging. Many people have volunteered to provide a place for our participants to fish and hunt, but several of the Veterans have special needs that professional outfitters are better suited to accommodate. Outfitters often provide discounted, and in some cases, free trips for an individual Veteran but due to our goal of taking multiple participants on each trip it is unrealistic to ask these businesses to fund our entire outing. Wounded Warriors fundraise year-round in order to organize as many trips as possible per year. In 2015 Wounded Warriors were able to fund over 20 trips, aiding over 40 different veterans from Montana.