The Combat Marine Outdoors story began in 2005 after visiting combat wounded Marines and Sailors from the 1st Marine Division at Brooke Army Medical Center for several months. The Marines, Sailors and service members there needed an opportunity to get away from the hospital, in an environment of friendship, camaraderie, and fellowship with fellow Marines in order to accelerate their recovery from the traumatic injuries they sustained in combat. In many cases, these service members did not want to leave the confines of the hospital, but it was (and is) crucial to begin to re-inculcate back into society. In every case, the Marines and other service members who participated in the outings felt an enormous sense of accomplishment and a new sense of hope and belonging once the trip was completed. In 2009, we received our 501(c((3)non profit status and officially became Combat Marine Outdoors.
While the hunting and fishing aspects of the program are important, they are merely a vehicle to demonstrate to these heroes that there are tens of thousands of patriotic Americans who truly care about these brave warriors and are willing to show their
appreciation and support by providing once-in-a-lifetime adventures in some of the most incredible places in the world. The camaraderie, friendship and fellowship associated with each outing have had an incredible healing property, and in many cases, were a turning point in the emotional recovery of these Marines, Sailors and service members. We continue to provide life-changing outdoor adventures to these brave heroes and we have approximately 50 ranches who actively participate in the program. To date, we have taken over 2500 combat wounded on the adventure of a lifetime.
To provide Dream Hunts and Outdoor Adventures for severely wounded Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Navy Corpsmen. These hunting and fishing excursions play a vital role in the rehabilitation of these American heroes.
Our goal is to allow these heroic warriors the opportunity to have an outdoor adventure of a lifetime. Also, to make sure that they understand that their service and sacrifice to our country are deeply appreciated. It is our hope that our outdoor fellowship will aid in their vision for an exciting future.
Combat Marine Outdoors have witnessed hearts that have been mended, wounds that have been healed, hope for the future and lives that have been changed forever.