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Wounded Warrior Outdoors Spring 2012 Update


Wounded Warrior Outdoors  just completed another successful therapeutic outdoor adventure excursion a few weeks ago. This trip was a bear hunting trip to British Columbia. The trip included wounded, but active duty servicemen, their family, medical staff and volunteers from Wounded Warrior Outdoors. The servicemen for the trip were marines from Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego. The trip was successful on many levels for all of the participants. Each attendee brings their individual special needs and tons of determination, effort and hope on each outdoor adventure.

The bear hunt is one of the many outdoor excursions sponsored by Wounded Warrior Outdoors throughout the year. These trips vary from turkey hunting in the spring and fall to fly fishing in the summer. Wounded Warrior Outdoors hopes to host 55 injured, but active duty servicemen or women on therapeutic outdoor adventures in 2012. The program participants are usually currently under a hospital stay or in continued rehabilitation. Doctors and nurses from Balboa Naval Medical Center or Walter Reed Army Medical Center recommend the attendees for the outdoor excursions. The expenses for the trip, such as travel, lodging, food and supplies are all taken care of by Wounded Warrior Outdoors. There is no cost to the attendees, their families or the government. The organization relies on donation to pay for the trips. The staff of Wounded Warrior Outdoors is volunteers, who do not get paid. This allows more money to go back into the planning of future excursions. Wounded Warrior Outdoors relies on Corporate and personal donations to raise money for these worthwhile therapeutic trips for our servicemen and women. Donations can be made via the Wounded Warrior Outdoors website . You can also see photos of the past excursions on the Wounded Warrior Outdoors Facebook page.

Stop N Stor is very proud to be a sponsor of Wounded Warrior Outdoors and our military! Stop by any Stop N Stor location to see how you can help support this worthwhile cause. Thank you to those who have already donated to Wounded Warrior Outdoors. We will continue to post updates about Wounded Warrior Outdoors and their events throughout the year.

Wounded Warrior Outdoors looks forward to a great 2012!

Wounded Warrior Outdoors
Wounded Warrior Outdoors

Wounded Warrior Outdoors  held “Cocktails for a Cause”, their annual fundraising event at the University Club of Orlando on Thursday, February 23, 2012. This auction had over $80,000 worth of donated items in the silent auction. The money raised from this event goes directly towards planning and hosting therapeutic outdoor adventures for wounded warriors in 2012. The organization is planning on hosting 55 injured, but active duty service men and women for nine different outdoors adventures this year ranging from fishing in Florida to bear hunting in New Brunswick, Canada. The first fishing excursion is scheduled for March in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

2011 was a busy year for this extremely worthwhile non-profit organization. Wounded Warrior Outdoors was featured in 9 national magazines, 4 newspapers, including the Orlando Sentinel, and was featured on “Turkey Call Show” on the Pursuit Channel  in early February. The episode showcased the April, 2011 turkey shoot excursion in conjuncture with the National Wild Turkey Foundation. Wounded Warrior Outdoors was also chosen as “Charity of the Year” by the International Door Association at their 2011 convention. Wounded Warrior Outdoors hosted 42 wounded warriors on 8 different trips in the past year.

Wounded Warrior Outdoors works with the nurses and doctors at 2 military hospitals: Balboa Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The staff recommends wounded soldiers to take part in the therapeutic outdoor adventures to help with their rehabilitation. The trips are all-inclusive (including travel, lodging, meals and equipment). There is no cost for the attendees, their families or the government. The organization relies on donations to pay for the trips. The entire staff is made up of volunteers that do not get paid for their time with the wounded warriors. Any money that is raised for the organization goes right back into planning for and participating in future events. Corporate and personal donations are accepted here . You can also support the group via their Facebook page.

The founder of Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Ron Raboud, is the founder of The Rabco Corporation , which is an industry leader in self-storage metal building solutions. Inside Self Storage  and Self Storage Association  are both sponsors of Wounded Warrior Outdoors. These organizations founded “One for the Troops” fundraising program at certain self-storage facilities across the country. Stop N Stor  is a proud sponsor of Wounded Warrior Outdoors. Stop by a Stop N Stor location  to see how you can help support this great cause for our heroes!

Thank you, Fort Stewart/Hunter Airfield!

Team Stewart
Thank you to the members of the military at Fort Stewart and Hunter AAF!

The Savannah area is proud to be located near Fort Stewart, the home of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division with its 23,000 soldiers. According to Team Stewart , Fort Stewart is the most efficient armor training base east of the Mississippi River. The base, which is nearly 280,000 acres, covers five Georgia counties including: Liberty, Long, Tattnall, Evans and Bryan counties. Hunter Airfield, part of the Fort Stewart complex, is the home of the largest helicopter unit in the United States Coast Guard . The Airfield helps support parts of the 3rd Infantry Division including the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Aviation Brigade and 603rd Aviation Support Battalion.

Camp Stewart was founded in 1940 when the United States government bought 5,000 acres of land near Hinesville to  build an anti-aircraft artillery training center. This camp became a training ground for troops during World War II and at one point staged over 55,000 troops getting ready for the D-Day invasion in 1944. After World War II, the camp went through many transitions during and after the Korean War, Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Camp Stewart was deactivated after the Vietnam War. In 1996, Camp Stewart became a permanent post and the home to the 3rd Infantry Division. At this time, the name changed to Fort Stewart. The 3rd Infantry Division just recently celebrated their 94th year in existence.

Fort Stewart has a $7.13 Billion economic impact on the local communities near the base. When the soldiers are not deployed, local businesses grow. But, when there is a large deployment of troops from the base, it negatively affects the local economy. Currently, there are 652 soldiers from Fort Stewart/Hunter Airfield deployed in fighting around the world. Eleven members of the 90th Human Resources Company returned home the day before Thanksgiving after spending 7 months in various part of Iraq. There are still members of this company serving in Afghanistan and Kuwait. Fort Stewart welcomed home the 416th Transportation Company in late October. Due to the official drawback of troops in Iraq, the November deployment of 700 members of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion of the 3rd Division has been cancelled.

Our servicemen and women are vital parts of the Savannah area and its economy. Stop n Stor  is only one of multiple businesses that give a military discount. Stop n Stor offers a 10% discount to military personnel. Stop n Stor is also a proud sponsor of Wounded Warrior Outdoors.  This great non-profit organization provides fishing, hunting and outdoor excursions to injured, but active duty military personnel.  The organization plans on hosting 50 wounded warriors on 10 excursions in 2012. Thank you to all of the country’s past and present servicemen and women for your service!!

Checking in with Wounded Warrior Outdoor

We wrote about Wounded Warrior Outdoors on our blog  in May, 2011. Since that time, the article is on the list of the most read posts on our blog. This is such a great
and worthwhile organization that we wanted to write about it again!

Wounded Warrior Outdoors is a non-profit organization that
offers injured servicemen and women the opportunity to be involved in
therapeutic outdoor adventures such as fishing and hunting. Every part of the
trip is paid for including transportation, lodging and food. The organization
takes 9 trips a year to 5 different states including Kentucky, Maine, Florida,
Texas, Oklahoma and British Columbia. Fifty wounded, but still active duty,
military personnel are chosen to go on these adventures a year. With the help
of doctors and nurses at two military hospitals, participants are chosen for
these 5 day trips. The trips are actually part of the therapy and healing
process for these wounded warriors. It is a chance for them to get out of the
confines of a hospital to enjoy the outdoors. The participants get to tackle
challenges that they wouldn’t have in normal recovery at a hospital, such as
hiking and fishing and doing everyday normal things. This is all part of the
healing process for the injured participants. There was a recent excursion
 to the wilds of Florida in August for boar and alligator hunting.

The organization was started in 2008 by Ron Raboud. Wounded Warrior Outdoors is
staffed with non-paid volunteers. The organization runs with no overhead and
relies on personal and corporate donations. Some of the businesses sponsoring
Wounded Warrior Outdoors include: Southwest Airlines, Janus , Self-Storage Association, Rabco Corporation and Mosquito Creek Outdoors to just name a few. The military is
a full supporter of this program as well.

Stop n Stor  is proud to be a local sponsor of such a worthwhile organization. Keep checking our blog for regular updates on the excursions for
Wounded Warrior Outdoors. Donations are accepted for Wounded Warrior Outdoors
at all of the Stop n Stor locations.

Stop N Stor’s ribbon cutting ceremony

Liberty County Chamber of Commerce  and Stop N Stor hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newest Stop N Stor facility at 746 Hwy 196, EG Miles Parkway in Hinesville on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. The event hosted board members and ambassadors from the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, Stop N Stor owner Alan Dasher, staff of Stop N Stor and Hinesville Mayor James Thomas.
The facility recently opened its climate controlled building in May.  It contains nearly 300 climate-controlled storage units ranging in size from 5’x10’ to 10’x20’. This state-of-the-art facility offers 24 hour access, digital surveillance system, anti-pick locks and moving and packing supplies.
Catherine Cooper, Marketing Manager for Stop N Stor welcomed everyone to the event. Catherine spoke about Stop N Stor’s commitment to the communities of Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah via social media platforms, (like this blog!), military discounts and outreaching to help wounded military via Wounded Warriors Outdoors. The other speakers during the event were Barbara Finster, Board Member of Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, Leah Poole, Executive Director of Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Mayor James Thomas.
Stop N Stor is very proud to be a part of the Hinesville and Liberty County community! Thank you to all who were a part of this wonderful ribbon cutting ceremony!


Wounded Warriors Outdoors

Wounded Warrior Outdoors Kentucky Turkey Hunt-Spring 2011
Wounded Warrior Outdoors Kentucky Turkey Hunt-Spring 2011

Stop N Stor is a proud sponsor of Wounded Warrior Outdoors . This is a great non-profit organization that provides active duty in-transition servicemen or women with therapeutic outdoor adventures across North America. Up to fifty wounded, but active duty, American and Canadian military members a year are chosen to participate in activities ranging from turkey hunting in Kentucky to fishing excursions on the Gulf Coast to bear hunting in British Columbia. Wounded Warrior Outdoors is a volunteer based organization, which is funded by private and corporate donations. The entire cost of the excursions from transportation to the sites, lodging, equipment and even taxidermy services is covered for the military participants.

Wounded Warrior Outdoors was founded by Ron Raboud of Rabco Corporation  in 2010. Rabco builds pre-engineered metal buildings for the self-storage industry.  Mr. Raboud wanted a way to share his love of hunting and the outdoor and find a way to thank those that have been wounded in service to their country. The Self-Storage industry also proudly supports the work of Wounded Warrior Outdoors.

Stop N Stor is honored to partner with this great organization. Stop by our Hinesville location on Kacey Drive for more information on how you can donate to help this very important cause. You can also donate here.