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Wounded Warrior USA is a 501 c-3 non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the members of the United States Armed Forces injured in combat, accidental injuries and illnesses.  The organization offers fishing trips and family focused outdoor activities to Active Duty Wounded Warriors and Gold Star Families.  The organization strives to activate civilian support to these individuals and their families as they rehabilitate from their combat and health issues.  Wounded Warrior USA is a non-profit organization.  Resources to conduct the activities of the organization are from fishing product companies, private donations, and fundraising events.  To date, WW USA pays no salaries or office rent.  Everyone involved is an unpaid volunteer and donates their time to insure that donations are used for events supporting Active Duty Wounded Warriors.  There are absolutely no charges for Wounded Warrior participation.  All fishing equipment, tackle, bait, and hot lunches are provided to the wounded by WW USA at every fishing event.

WWUSA support events have included nearly 400 Rehabbing Warriors at private ranch’s and public fishing areas in the Rocky Mountain Region.  Most events are personalized for the U.S. Army, Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Carson CO.  The organization sponsors annual ice-fishing tournaments and 2015 will highlight the fifth annual “Warriors Ice Fishing Tournament”. Other annual events include, Wounded Warrior Family Fishing Day (3 yrs.), Warriors Top Water Tournament (2 yrs.), Wounded Warrior Trail Series – 10-K Run and Adaptive Cycle Race in Hartsel Colorado, and Hot Dog Days at Bass Pro Shop (fund raiser).

Wounded Warriors has been a guest of Colorado DECA at the Beautiful Broadmoor in Colorado  Springs. Devil Dog Coffee of Colorado sponsors the organization, as well as MKR International, Inc. The organization has continued support from the radio and television media covering its events. The non-profit secured a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Facility Fishing License (free fishing to patients) staying at the Fort Carson Evens Hospital, and the Warrior Transition Battalion, on July 3, 2011, (an annual renewable license). Warriors are able to fish without a fee or normally required license.

Bill Miller and Dave Bryant founded the organization in March 2009.  Mr. Miller serves as the Executive Director and Mr. Bryant serves as Operations Director. Bill is a service disabled Vietnam Veteran.  Dave is not a Veteran; however, he is dedicated to assisting in the rehabilitation and transition process of active duty personnel.  Wounded Warrior USA has dedicated patriotic volunteers Larry Sharrar Business Adviser, Mike Smith Program Coordinator, Sarah Will Program Coordinator, and an Advisory Committee made up of a cross section of the Colorado Community.

5th Annual Warriors Ice Fishing Tournament, Monument Lake

5th Annual Warriors Ice Fishing Tournament, Monument Lake

The Tri-Lakes Community giving back to those that has sacrificed for freedom.  The 5th Annual Warriors Ice Fishing Tournament sponsored by Wounded WarriorUSA(non-profit) was held on Saturday 24 January.  The attendance was an overwhelming 244 ice-fishing anglers onMonumentLakefor all ages and from many cities from all overColorado.  There were families and fishing friends having a great time of relaxing and visiting each other on 9 inches of snow covered ice.  A special invitation was extended to the Active Duty Rehabilitating Soldiers from the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB),FortCarson.  The WTB Commanding OfficerLTCAaronM.Termain and his family walked the entire lake with Wounded Warrior USA Executive Director Bill Miller thanking attendees for their support of the wounded warriors and their families.  Thanks to Clam Corporation, Premier Roofing, Town of Monument, and Wounded Warrior USA as the primary tournament supporters and donors of prizes.

Adult winners:  Congratulations to William Alawbaugh the first place Rainbow Trout 1 lb.11-5/8 oz, second place Jeff Empter Rainbow Trout 1 lb 1-1/2 oz, third place Tom Burton Rainbow Trout 13 ½ oz.  The angling youth out caught their parents and that kind of fun is priceless.

Youth winners:  Congratulations to Ben Campenellathe first place Rainbow Trout 1 lb 7/8 oz, second place Donovan McBride Smith a Rainbow Trout 12-1/4 oz, and third place Brandon Bostona Rainbow Trout 10-7/8 oz.  Youth smallest fish caught a Perch bySaraGarne1-3/4 oz.  Many first time ice anglers are now hooked on the enjoyment of ice fishing and the thrill of a tournament.  Looking forward to our 6th Annual Warriors Ice Fishing Tournament in January 2016.

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