Wounded Veteran Expedition
Organized by: Jeremy Heid
EVENT DATE Aug 24, 2015
Hero Expeditions (HEX) is taking 3 veterans & a retired fireman on a morale boosting elk hunting expedition in Colorado with Ivory and Antler Oufitters. We are raising money to help cover the expense of taking these four individuals on an elk hunt and we are short on time! The outfitter for this event just contacted me out of the blue and presented this opportunity and it was too good to turn down. We estimate that it is going to take approximately $1000 per individual to cover this hunt. While the outfitter is comping the hunt, we have to pay for food, licenses, gift bags, fuel, meat processing, etc. and we hit elk camp on August 24!
At Hero Expeditions (heroexpeditions.org) our mantra is ONE VETERAN, ONE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD AT A TIME. We believe there is healing power in the great outdoors and the camaraderie of being around those that have walked in your boots.
INITIATIVE 22 - our plan to make a difference in the lives of veterans. In 2014 a VA study estimated that 22 veterans take their own lives every single day. That totals up to 8,030 VETERANS PER YEAR. By comparison, since 2001 there have been 6,717 American Military casualities (as of this writing) combined in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Our mission is to help any veteran or special needs individual, anywhere, anytime to the best of our abilities. We certainly don't have all the answers, however, we've seen great results and responses by simply making ourselves available. We answer the phone when they call, we go have lunch with them, we text them out of the blue for no reason just to check in. We also put them to work with HEX as volunteers. Giving back to others, for most of them, has been the greatest therapy they've experienced. Helping them find a new purpose has been crucial.
I have become wholeheartedly convinced that events like this can be a critical element in a soldier’s physical and mental recovery process, discharge from the military and transition back into civilian life. It provides an opportunity to meet others that have walked in their boots and are facing similar obstacles in life. It also allows them a chance to get back to doing something they love or develop a new found love for the outdoors. Hero Expeditions, Inc. has been founded for the purpose of organizing these types of events. We encourage you to follow your heart and get involved. You can take action and make a difference.
Hero Expeditions, Inc. (heroexpeditions.org) has applied for and is waiting for confirmation of its Nonprofit 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.