Testimonials

”Best group of professionals I have ever met. It’s been an honor and a privilege to be a part of such a great organization. Shout out to Rusty, MGuns and Dustin for all your hard work and dedication to our warriors”

GySgt Michael Quintero, USMC

“Hello friends and family, I want to give a shout out to Combat Marine Outdoors. This organization truly loves and cares about our soldiers coming home and being taken care of. Words cannot express how great this organization is. All I ask is if you can take just one moment of your time and look at their website, learn about them, you’ll be in awe. I promise you. These guys turn pain and suffering into love and compassion. Thank you Martina N Dustin Jones, Master Gunz, Rodolfo Rivera, Rusty Hicks and everyone else. Just so amazing. God truly has blessed our soldiers and guys like me with GREAT FRIENDS. Love you guys.”

CP3 Josh Flores, US Coast Gurad

These men are doing God’s work for us. It makes an enormous difference in a Warriors life knowing there’s great Americans who appreciate their service and in many cases their sacrifices. God bless you and never underestimate the good you bring us all. Thank you.

Ramiro Carrasco Jr., Army Green Beret

Master Guns, Dustin, Rusty and Pam and Mike Jensen and all the volunteers are really amazing people and unselfish in all that they do. I am humbled to be a part of this and thankful to call you and Stephen and them my friends. What a blessing you all have been for me.

Bill Shecka, Vietnam Vet

Got my mount today thanks to CMO!!!! An outstanding group that takes care of Wounded Warriors and Veterans. Thanks to CMO, the JL Bar Ranch and an awesome guide, I was able to harvest this beautiful deer and mix it up with my fellow gun fighters.

1st Sgt Chris Cary, USMC

Rhode Ranch is awesome. Thanks Combat Marine Outdoors for giving all that you have for warriors!!!

GySgt Louis Pope, USMC

I cannot thank you enough for reaching out to me. I love you all more than I could ever express.

Rocco Vela, Santa Elvira Ranch

I can’t thank you enough for this weekend.  It was one of the top 3 times of my life.  Birth of my son, wedding and this hunting trip.  I stay to myself and not interact with folks, but ya’ll made me feel that wonderful Americans do exist.  I needed that, I really did.  I’ve been telling anyone that will hear me about the hunt.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

SFC Omar Hernandez, US Army

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for having my husband Josh out there! I haven’t seen him smile this much and be this happy in a while!! This trip out there was just what he needed. Really, you have no idea how much this means to me that he had this opportunity. Thank you so very much

Critter Blackmon

Had the absolute pleasure of meeting Mr. Hicks today here in Belton, TX. What a great man and the dedication he has in his heart to our brothers and sisters all over is evident. This organization is such a great outreach to the military community and families. I believe God puts people in our lives for a reason everyday and under different circumstances, today was one of those days. To anyone reading this, thank you for all you do and have done.

Ash Gavin, US Navy, Retired

I can’t stop thanking Combat Marine Outdoors, their supporters, Ranch owners and every person that make these wonderful hunts happen for us veterans. A BIG THANK YOU.

Acevedo Luna

I must say Happy & Very Merry Christmas to you!!! What a wonderful time with you and the Marines….It truly made me in the Spirit of the Holidays>  The guys you brought to our ranch will have an everlasting and great memory for both me and John.  Please keep us in mind when you need to bring more troops.  You are such an amazing person and its a great pleasure to know you and what a wonderful impact you are to our troops, Active and Retired.  May God Bless and Keep you and your forever in his arms….   Thank You for your time, devotion and love for our Country. GOD BLESS THE USA!!!

Rhonda Hubbard

You guys are awesome. Thank you!

Patty Ruth Hand Pirko

Thank you CMO and all of our families and friends, sponsors that make these hunts happen!!

Michael Quintero

I know that we all spent a bit of time saying our goodbyes yesterday. But I wanted to reach out and express those thanks in a way that I’m more comfortable; through writing. I can’t begin to tell all of you how amazing this trip was. I had more fun in those few short days than I can recall having in quite some time. Everything from the food to the view was perfect. I have never felt so welcome. Each morning I woke up and asked myself what I had done to deserve such an amazing adventure. I have always looked at my 20 years of service as doing what I wanted to do. I think that keeping the focus on my own wants and desires instead of the service provided to the country made it easier to deal with the expectations. When I was wounded I gave up. I gave up on God. I gave up on myself. But recently a couple things have given me reason to open the dialogue with both God and myself. I realized that the perfection of my wife and the timing of this trip couldn’t have been an accident. I needed that trip. […]

Micaiah Roydes

I still feel CMO is the best organization for Veterans out there.  I hope to see you in 2017.

Justin Bellman

I just wanted to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the wonderful weekend that I had up in Jacksboro, TX. Wow! That was an amazing time! I can’t even hardly believe that I got to do something like that. It was a trip of a lifetime! Dustin was an awesome representative as well. He’s very proud of your organization and did a tremendous job in representing you all. This hunting trip was the time of my life. Thank you so much from the bottom of my humbled heart. I had so much fun. Can’t even begin to explain how healing and therapeutic this trip was!! I appreciate it so much! Army Strong!!

Steven Holden

I wanted to thank you for the amazing time I had last week! I truly have never experienced anything of that magnitude. The hunting and camaraderie was an experience of a lifetime. Keep in touch and let me know when you are heading up here. I am always happy to support CMO.

Capt Sean Barbabella, MC, USN

Great people and a great organization.

Sgt Major Darrell Carver

I first became involved with Combat Marine Outdoors in May of 2014 when my dad, Butch Hodges, invited me and my husband to attend the warrior weekend of fishing in Seadrift, TX. Seadrift is a small town on the coast full of people with big hearts and they proudly welcome Combat Marine Outdoors to town each May for a fun-filled weekend of fishing. For several years my dad has recruited some of the best fishing guides in South Texas to help make the fishing weekend one that the warriors will always remember. These guides donate their boats, time and expense to make this possible. My husband and I have become very actively involved with Combat Marine Outdoors and their annual trips to Seadrift. We work very closely with my dad and his wife Mary to hold multiple fundraisers throughout the year in an effort to support Combat Marine Outdoors. It is remarkable to see the smiles on all their faces knowing the sacrifices each of them has made for us and our country. We know how much Combat Marine Outdoors has done to help these warriors begin to heal with these opportunities to be in the great outdoors. My dad […]

Katrina

Combat Marine Outdoors is having a great impact on the lives of these young Marines. Semper Fi…. HooRah!

LtGen Joseph Weber, USMC, ret.

The Y.O. Ranch weekend was defintely an experience to treasure and remember. Thank you CMO for your hospitality and Support

Cpl Zack Briseno, USMC

Thank you CMO for allowing me to take a Trophy of a Lifetime. I will never forget it.

Sgt Luis Ruiz, USMC

Thank you Combat Marine Outdoors and for allowing me the opportunity to get out and hunt!

Sgt James Gill, Sniper, USMC

The Y.O. Ranch Hunt went above and beyond anything I could have hoped for. Thank you for your generosity, Semper Fidelis!

Capt Ryan Voltin, Cobra Pilot, USMC

It was an incredible time with these very special Marines. This entire weekend was a ‘life changing’ experience. I will never forget it.

Matt Young, Medical Student at U of H Medical School

This was the perfect hunt , not because I shot the buck of a lifetime, but because I felt that the friendships made were just as memorable. This was special to me because I saw a father and a son share the same passion for the outdoors that my Dad and I use to enjoy. Everytime I think of this hunt it brings a smile to my face and it will always hold a special place in my best outdoor memories. It’s patriots such as the Kiefer’s that made me feel welcome and because you opened up your house to strangers like us, I will always be thankful to you. Hope our paths cross soon and may God Bless.

Sgt Ken Bowen

I’m still talking about my experience to all my Marines and friends, and every time someone comes to the house I bring out my pictures and cook them up some of that oryx. To be able to have that oppritunity that was blessed upon me was just amazing, I can not thank you and the rest of the Combat Marine Outdoors program enough. I had another surgery back on Friday the 12th of Feburary, they went in and did some more work on my knee. If everything heals up right I can start to put weight on my left leg in two months and hopefully walking in three months. The Monday before my surgery I had my Purple Heart ceremony, my company was in attendance along with my family, my parents and brother also came out for the presentation. If there is anything I can do to help out with Combat Marine Outdoors please let me know, take care, and once again thank you for all that you have done for me.

Sgt David McCreary, USMC

Thank you for a wonderful weekend and for the support you have provided my Marines. These are memories that last a lifetime.

LtCol David Barnes, USMCR

It makes me very proud to have this opportunity to honor these true heroes. All of you have made a tremendous sacrifice for our country and for those who can’t protect themselves. In God’s eyes, the greatest heroes of faith are not those that achieve prosperity, success and power in this life, but those who treat this life as a temporary assignment and serve faithfully. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” From all of us at Game Guard, we thank you and have a great time in the outdoors.

Craig Smith – President, Game Guard Apparel

There are many things I can say to say “Thank you” but there is not enough paper to express my thoughts. I can honestly say that I am grateful for one thing…. a smile. I have been going through some rough times lately and had no reason for any joy in my life. Thankfully, Combat Marine Outdoors made it possible to meet the Kiefers. This experience has changed my life forever. You made me remember why I joined the Marines and fought for our country. It is great to know there are people like you that appreciate our service.

Lance Corporal Ivan Perez

Inspirational…. David told me over the phone as he was driving home. It was awesome to hear him so much on fire about it. This weekend will have an everlasting impact for both of us and we are grateful for it

Drue and David Boyles

I wanted to thank you for an incredible and memorable weekend. I knew it would be an awesome and emotional experience but it exceeded every expectation I had in every way. Combat Marine Outdoors is building something very special and impactful for both those of us who want to support our Marines in any way possible and for the Marines themselves.

Bret Zorich

This past weekend was a life changing, memorable event for all of us. Your kindness is beyond compare. Words simply can never express the thanks we have for being able to go into the outdoors and experience this incredible hospitality.

Major Chris Cohn, Pilot, USMC

Keeping faith with our Marines, Sailors, and families is one of our core priorities. Thank you CMO for all you do. Please call on me if I may be of any assistance.

Lt. Gen. Robert ‘Boomer’ Milstead, USMC

We all had a great time! It was a very personal and meaningful time to say the least. Combat Marine Outdoors is a fantastic organization. The Moorings’ and 4M Ranch want to be involved and are very much looking forward to sharing with others in the future. We pray that God continues to lead us and bless us as we try to help people in the future.  The injured Marines are always in our prayers.

Scott Mooring, Owner, 4M Ranch

wanted to thank you again for including us in the Military Appreciation Night at the rodeo. We had fun and I know Anthony enjoyed it. AJ hasn’t stopped talking about it and it was just nice to be able to take my boys out and share in an experience like that! It’s sometimes hard for us to go out as a family and it’s really nice when we get the support from everyone that was there to help. I also wanted to thank you for including a ticket for Anthony’s nurse. I would have loved to stay longer, but sometimes it gets a little overwhelming for Anthony to be among so many people. I can’t thank you enough for being so awesome to us and Marines everywhere. What a great thing to do for our Marines! God bless you and keep up the AWESOME work!

Ivonne Thompson, wife of a Navy Corpsman

Again it’s always an honor forour group to be part of welcoming these Combat Marine Outdoors heroes to Nashville and to our tailgate party. As they were leaving the tailgate party, you felt a little lump in the throat, , and you know you had a friend for life. God Bless our heroes, and God Bless all of you that open your hearts and homes for them.

Lonnie White, Retired Marine

It is I that thank you and our heroes for taking time to come and share your message.  Saying that I witnessed (that Saturday evening) something that will forever be scrolled in the pages of my memory, just isn’t enough.  I appreciate the time that you spent in sharing your story with me on how you “acquired” the motorized rough-terrain vehicle with God’s intervention!  The flag ceremony was both inspirational and reminded me of just how proud I am to live in America (especially in the state of Texas)!

Jill Frazier, Exotic Wildlife Association

Mike and I want to thank you and CMO for your generous outdoors visit and day spent at Aggieland. We were deeply touched by the Marines an their horrific injuries sustained while fighting to protect our lives on American soil. It tore me up emotionally as I visited with them. Words are inadequite when it comes to thanking our military for sacrificing their lives and healthy bodies for us. Please please let us know if we can host them at a futue game. Thanks again for all you do!

Mike & LouAnn McKinney, Texas A&M

The Adventure at the Little Arrowhead was more than just a deer hunt. It was an opportunity for people to connect, hear stories that needed to be told, and to say words that needed to be said. Everyone involved is sure to carry their experiences with them out into their every day lives, to share those things that were said, done and felt with others. Making the connections and spreading the experiences with others is what makes the mission of Combat Marine Outdoors so successful and worthwhile. Don’t pass up the opportunity to participate in a CMO Event, and don’t pass up the chance to thank our men and women in uniform for their service and sacrifices.

Macy Ledbetter, Wildlife Biologist

I felt honored to put on this event and was truly touched by these two brave men. It would not have be as successful without the help of my right hands, Kenny Mattern, Michael Perry and of course my wife Denise. There help along with some very special guest made the weekend much easier and unbelievably rewarding.

Malcolm Phillips, Owner, Little Arrowhead Ranch

Although I am currently deployed to Afghanistan, my great appreciation for the service you are providing to our Wounded Warriors is greatly appreciated by all of us! Thanks for all you are doing to keep their morale up!

Maj. Gen. Michael Regner, USMC

I cannot begin to tell you how honored I was to be Combat Marine Outdoors’ host at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Wednesday. It was truly humbling for me to meet those young men who gave so much to ensure my freedom and way of life. Each and every one of our young heroes deserve so much more. I hear from time to time someone talking about an experience that is “life changing”. And now I can say that I definitely have had one. Throughout the event on Armed Forces Appreciation Day, I learned what is all about to be of service to your country and what sacrifice is. Too much of my life has been consumed by attempting to meet my own needs. My volunteering for that committee is something that will change me and the way that I look at our country and its Armed Services forever. From listening to the story from Micheal Thornton to watching the World War II veterans shake the hands of the young folks , I was moved by the power of that day. And nothing was more powerful than being able to spend time with the young men from Combat […]

Reese Kimball, CEO, Empower Vets

Thank you for inviting me and including Brennen on the most unique experience we have ever attended outdoors.  Brennen and I both grew stronger as a father and son team this past weekend and he discovered who actually pays for our FREEDOM to hunt and fish together.  Steven May was a blessing to our family.  Brennen feels Steven is his new big brother.  Jeremy and Josh touched us with their jokes and fun loving attitudes.  Chris, Gunny Breaux, and the rest of the crew gave us a deeper respect for what all Marines and Soldiers do for us plus the sacrifices they made and are making to protect our freedoms.  Brennen and I would like to thank the Cliburn Family for opening up their historic ranch to CMO’s festivities.  We also took in a  neat lesson on Texas History about Calhoun County cattle ranching with the Cliburn’s posted pictures and maps not to mention the evolution of cell phones display case.  Brennen didn’t know what a bag phone was and  had never seen a bag phone.  Now that is dating technology. Another special thanks needs to go to Mike and Vicky Campbell for making things run smooth at the ranch plus the […]

Jeff Larson

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Combat Casualty Assistance Program Visiting Nurse My sincere appreciation for the opportunity to serve as an escort for the recent Devils River Trip.  I have now seen, first hand, the full measure of value these trips provide to our service members in the great outdoors… in an environment of warm hospitality, genuine camaraderie, and purposeful activity. It was readily apparent that your attention to detail, careful selection of location, and skilled control of the environment facilitated opportunities for healing far exceeding those available within the conventional health care setting. In my interaction with the participants, I took notice as each one progressed through his assessment of the environment and the people involved, with each of their unique physical and emotional burdens, and this quickly became much more than just a weekend adventure. It became a profoundly rich experience for all. Our generous hosts discovered that despite every effort they made and every intention of “giving” (and give, they did… with their time, their energy, their knowledge and expertise, and their food, food, and more FOOD…), they couldn’t help but feel that they had received so much more in return in getting to know these fine […]

Sue Waddingham RN, BSN, IBCLC

I am honored to be a even a small part what turned out to be a memorable weekend. The welcome aboard PA by First Officer Rick Childers set the tone for the flight and Flight Attendants Nancy Martin, John Cloud and Kim Crane showed everyone why we truly are the “Luv” airline. A couple of phone calls and a few radio calls to Nashville Operations is all it took for the people of Southwest Airlines to honor the four young men with a “Budweiser Welcome”.  All five of us were amazed at the reception in the terminal and honored to be a part of what became an “Welcome Home” for these four Marines who paid a price for the freedom we enjoy.

Pat O’Brien, Captain, Southwest Airlines
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