The spirit of our organization began in 2016 with Veterans and First Responders gathered together using the comradery of outdoor activities to address both the physical and mental health challenges brought on by the stresses of service.
The mission of Wisconsin Hero Outdoors is to help connect Veterans, First Responders and their families to outdoor activities in Wisconsin while partnering with organizations that have a similar mission. Our goal continues to be assisting effective programs and encouraging new opportunities within our organization.
Now in 2019, as Wisconsin Hero Outdoors moves forward with our mission, a new partnership has formed with the Lakewood WWV Camp, Inc. in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Forged together, these two organizations strive to create an environment allowing Veterans, First Responders and Gold Star Families to reconnect with themselves, their families and the great outdoors at a facility that serves Wisconsin’s community of heroes.
Our founders and advisors continue to operate Wisconsin Hero Outdoors as a 100% volunteer team accepting donations to support our core values of “Honor, Courage and Conservation.”. The members of Wisconsin Hero Outdoors are Veterans and First Responders representing America’s United States Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard, along with Federal and Local Law Enforcement agencies, including Fire/Rescue and Dispatch. Along with personally utilizing services at the Veterans Administration, our founders and advisors continue to be involved in a variety of non-profit organizations throughout Wisconsin as leaders, participants, volunteers and financial supporters. From personal experiences our members have found that there is a gap between the professional medical and mental health establishments and the Alternative Therapies that many non-profit and private organizations provide. At Wisconsin Hero Outdoors, we see great successes when partnering these programs with the professional Doctors and Therapists prescribed methods of rehabilitation. Outdoor alternative therapies that we have found successful are Kayak Fishing, Ice and Open Water Fishing, Hunting, Archery, Equestrian Therapy, Therapeutic Farming, Biking, Golf and Service Dogs along with others. No one form of therapy is a perfect fit for everyone and helping make a variety of options available to our Veterans, First Responders and their families is the goal of Wisconsin Hero Outdoors.
Our final 2019 fundraising event with the Wisconsin Athletic Club will be poolside at WAC Brookfield Sept 19 5-7pm. Taste of Brookfield will be set up (pop up restaurants from the city) Silent Auctions and memorable patriotic moments! No RSVP needed, come as you are! If you are unavailable to make the event you can donate at www.waukeshafoundation.org/wac
Sept 15 Milwaukee VA, Marquette & Concordia ROTC at Lakewood
Crivitz Bear Hunt Successful! 9/14/19
August 12 Milwaukee VA at Lakewood with WHO
July 25 Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Event at the WAC
July 20 Clays for a Cause
Wisconsin Hero Outdoors selected for major Community Grant!!
July 14 Milwaukee VA Fishing and Picnic
July 13 Leader Development at Lakewood
July 10 Oconomowoc Lake Club Youth Fishing Clinic with WHO
June 28-30 Eau Galle Kayak & Camping Event
June 22 Bowfishing Lac La Belle, WI
June 14 WHO & USSA Joint event with Tomah VA Veterans
June 14 Milwaukee VA Photography Club at Lakewood
June 10 Joint Outing with Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin and Vets on the Fly
Fishing Tournament and Fundraiser
WISCONSIN HERO OUTDOORS
OPEN Fishing Tournament
$10,000 in cash and prizes
Guaranteed $9,000 payout
4 weigh-ins throughout the day
21 chances to win
Grand prize of $2,500 for big bass
More than 100% payout!
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Tournament hours: 6:30am-2:30 pm
Live music and bucket raffle: 2:00-6:00 pm
Gina’s Sports Dock, Pewaukee Lake, WI
Please contact tournament organizer Ryan Chuckel at
414-698-7132 or email@example.com with
questions. For more information visit www.wwotw.org
June 4 ADA Kayak Launch Ribbon Cutting at Frame Park Waukesha, WI
Frame Park, Waukesha Wisconsin
June 2 Milwaukee VA Kayak Fishing
May 20 Joint Outing Vets on the Fly
May 13 1st Lakewood Camp Outing
May 11 Milwaukee VA Vets SCUBA
May 5 Milwaukee VA Kayak Fishing
May 4 Milwaukee River Safety Training
2019 Spring Turkey Hunt
Tribute to Heroes Fundraising Event March 16, 2019
Modern Woodman of America has been one of our most involved sponsors, from helping connect us to Waukesha County Community Foundation to financial and logistical support. We are honored and humbled by their continued support helping connect Wisconsin’s Heroes to the Outdoors
Special thanks to Nathan Grendahl and Kyle Damrow