Currently, we offer five week-long sessions each year. Honoring Our Veterans covers the cost of airfare, transportation, lodging, meals, activities and equipment, so there is no cost to the wounded veteran. During our sessions we maximize the healing potential of nature. We are fortunate to have an amazing volunteer staff of expert instructors and guides who are constantly willing to help with this mission.
Our Water Sports Therapy session focuses on paddling sports, with lake paddling and river rafting instruction. The session also includes a Western Heritage Day that teaches ranching skills such as calf branding, horsemanship, rope skills, and time spent behind the chutes at the Jackson Hole Rodeo. Each session also includes horseback riding with Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association.
The Fly Fishing Therapy Session features fly casting instruction, a fly tying class and workshop, education on good river stewardship and the etymology of our region, and fly fishing trips on the beautiful waters of Jackson Hole.
The Photography Workshop is new to our program lineup. We have teamed up with some of the area’s top outdoor photographers to enhance our veterans’ knowledge of digital photography through lectures, personal instruction, and on-location shoots that include wildlife, historic buildings, and stunning scenery around Jackson, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. This is a once in a life opportunity for our wounded veterans to learn from the best photographers in Wyoming.
The Elk and Antelope Hunt Therapy Sessions are made possible through the use of Wyoming Statue 32-1-705 (k), which authorizes the holder of any valid big game license to surrender their license to the Wyoming Fish and Game Department for re-issuance to a veteran with disabilities, as established by the commission rule and regulation, selected and sponsored by a nonprofit charitable organization providing hunting opportunities for disabled veterans. We are very fortunate to have landowners and locals who wish to donate their elk and antelope hunting tags to our disabled veterans. We have a team of experienced guides and outfitters who give our wounded veterans the memory of a lifetime.
All activities are designed to build trust, increase confidence, improve memory and concentration, and enhance fine and gross motor skills. Honoring Our Veterans allows disabled veterans to interact with others in a safe and welcoming environment. The reintegration process can be a slow and painful one. Housing our veterans in the same facility promotes sharing and understanding, and can lead to lifelong friendships and support. We have found that the brotherhood bond is one of the most significant factors in helping combat wounded veterans heal.