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.

Robert Bartlett


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.

Christian Brown


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.

Sam Shockley


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!

Matthew Davis


I am writing in great appreciation to this wonderful organization.  Thank you so much for allowing myself, and fellow veterans on a hunting trip we will always remember.  I’m not sure there are enough words to thank everyone whom I had the pleasure of meeting, and those who made it possible for me to have this experience.  The entire staff, from beginning to end, was warm, welcoming, and so kind and genuine to all of us.  We were all so impressed with everything- from the facility and land, to the hard work and dedication of the guides, and the compassion in which we received from everyone.  It was extremely fun, and an experience I will carry with me forever. 

There aren’t many things that can keep my spirits up with everything that I have been through; from being deployed to Iraq, and being injured in combat.  I have daily struggles, physically and mentally, that make it hard to see any positives at times.  I thought it important for you to know how much this time I spent with your organization impacted me.  It helped me in ways you’ll never know; with relaxation, laughter, and the good times we were able to take part in, I felt as though my troubles were gone, if only for that weekend.  So for that, I thank you immensely.  I greatly appreciate the opportunity given to me, and hope you know how much it meant to participate.  I went home feeling better than I have in a very long time. 

I have told everyone about NPLB and my amazing time spent with you all, and how everyone truly went above and beyond for myself, and our fellow veterans.  I just wanted you to know that what you do for Military Families truly means something, and it has a positive impact.  My smile is definitely proof of that.  

Abram Marvin