Veterans and Volunteers: in their own words.
In the military we are trained to shoot to live and to keep our brothers alive to our left and right. When we get home, we take that with us and those we lost along the way. In combat the sound of blasts or explosions meant we were under attack and maybe lost a friend.
I never realized how much the sound of an explosion affected me until after I was home for a while. Healing began behind the gun again and associating the blast sounds in a positive way by harvesting a deer or goose and shooting at a range. Just going hunting was retraining my brain to get back what I lost and loved, just being outdoors. NPLB saved many lives through the hunting and fishing programs.
I witnessed many of the lost souls come through the program over the years return home better and healed in many ways. The volunteers shared their love for the veterans through hunting and fishing and it helped a lot of us really come home. The pieces of our lives once left overseas in a war zone began to return to us. It is not the government that can ever do love, but only kindness from those who are willing. Thank you NPLB.
NPLB Outdoors was the road map back to myself - after unfortunate events I lost myself, for me the woods were my journey home NPLB led me there.
While I was at Walter Reed and after I retired, NPLB has been a vital part of my recovery. They got me out of the hospital and sent me hunting in some of the most beautiful places in the US. I owe a great deal of gratitude and thanks to all the volunteers and people behind the scenes making me feel like I was with family no matter where I was. Without you I wouldn't be the man I am today. Thank you for helping me heal.
NPLB Has been an amazing experience for me. Since I got out of the army, I've kind of gone astray and lost touch with my military roots, as well as the brothers and sisters I served with. NPLB has helped to reconnect me with other service members and build bonds with fellow veterans from all over. They have gone above and beyond to remind me that myself and other veterans sacrifices have not been forgotten, all while giving us the opportunity to participate in some of the most amazing hunts and humbling events that I am thankful to have been a part of!
My life is very busy. I was used to doing for everyone, all day, every day. I forgot how to relax and this group helped remind me that there is a life after the service. I can’t begin to explain how much the camaraderie and family of this group has helped me. I met some of the best people in the world and this is what helps keep my mind in perspective. I've been with other groups, but this one is the best.