HUNTING WITH SOLDIERS

aka Hunting with Soldiers   |   Paducah, TX   |  www.huntingwithsoldiers.org

Mission

Hunting with Soldiers provides all expense paid Outdoor Adventures for Combat Veterans, of all wars, to help combat against the effects and trauma caused by PTSD. We do this with no paid Staff. All staff are strictly Volunteer. All funds raised go to the Outdoor Adventures to give healing for these Men and Women.

Notes from the nonprofit

Without our donors and sponsors, Hunting with Soldiers is not able to help the Combat Veterans in their efforts to overcome the demons of PTSD. Hunting with Soldiers is proud to say we provide these outdoor adventures for Combat Veterans at no cost to them and with no paid staff. Your Tax Deductible Donations go directly to what our Organization does for these Veterans.

Ruling year info

2014

President

Mr Gordon B Melton

Vice President

Bobby Pennington

Main address

Po Box 230

Paducah, TX 79248 USA

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EIN

46-5281550

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (E11)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (F12)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Receiving sponsorship is the largest problem we have. Since our Organization is not focused on just one specific area, many do not want to become a sponsor unless it effects or helps people in their specific Town or County. We focus on the healing from PTSD for Combat Veterans from all over. Not just in a specific area. That is the message we want to get out to the public and make aware that helping these men and women from all over means more than just the very few in one area.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Outdoor Adventures for Combat Veterans

Our Program gives the Men and Women, who have been to Combat, the opportunity to get into the outdoors and help, through Outdoor Adventures, with the effects of PTSD. We also do outdoor adventures for the Children of Combat Veterans. What better way to help them heal than to get into the outdoors with their Child

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people no longer couch surfing or doubling up with others as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Outdoor Adventures for Combat Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

You can make a difference in a Combat Veterans life. With your help and Donations we are able to help prevent 22 Combat Veterans a Day that commit suicide through the outdoor adventures HwS Provides.

Number of Combat Veterans given hope and healing from the mental stress of PTSD through the Outdoors.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Outdoor Adventures for Combat Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Goals of giving the hope they need and healing from PTSD are being completed through your donations. We are getting more and more outdoors every year.

Number of families who report they are supported in utilizing natural supports in their communities (e.g., family, friends, neighbors, churches, colleges, recreational services)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Children and youth

Related Program

Outdoor Adventures for Combat Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Organization also supports Families. We provide these outdoor adventures for the Veterans but also have adventures for their families.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

22 Combat Veterans commit suicide every day. Many of these have never had a physical injury in combat. Through the healing power of the outdoors and allowing these Men & Women to heal in the outdoors through these many hunting and fishing adventures, we are able to prevent many of the statistics and allow them to become a much better productive Citizen and allow them to heal mentally. We pride ourselves with helping Combat Veterans from all wars. We do not just focus on the current war Combat Veterans. We also do not require any to have been injured in combat. All Veterans matter. The healing that mother nature provides is a permanent form of healing.

Providing all expense paid Outdoor Adventures. Getting these Men & Women into the outdoors where they have absolutely no worries and allowing them to visit with other men and women who have been through similar trauma of Combat without the fear of repercussion. Often we allow their Family Members to come where they are all allowed to heal together and bond as they have not been able to after Combat.

We have land available across the State as well as areas offering low cost outdoor adventures, such as hunting and fishing, that we pay for to allow these Men & Women to have worry free entertainment for the healing process. Weather it be ranches, lakes, rivers, etc. We provide adventures in all areas and we take care of all of their worries.

We have accomplished getting these Men & Women the much needed healing of the outdoors. We have provided an avenue for them to come together and heal. We have gotten them to many places to show that they are not alone in this fight against PTSD. Next is to expand. To help many more Combat Veterans. To get them out of their homes where many are doing nothing but being depressed and living these nightmares daily. We try to never do trips for just the same people. We want to help as many as we possibly can by bringing more and more new Combat Veterans on these trips.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Combat Veterans who have been in all different wars. We do not discriminate on race, color, or sexual orientation. We are here to help the Combat Veterans. Their feedback after our interactions is very important in our goal to help even more Combat Veterans.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently have started including more spouses in our trips. We have found that often this is what the Combat Veterans are needing for their healing process.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have learned the importance of what we do through the feedback we receive. We are able to better help the ones we serve through the feedback we receive.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HUNTING WITH SOLDIERS

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Gordon Melton

Hunting with Soldiers

Term: 2007 - 2022


Board co-chair

Bobby Pennington

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Term: 2016 - 2022

Bobby Pennington

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Nathan Viduya

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Gordon Melton

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/3/2022,

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Leadership

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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/25/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.