Sue Waddingham RN, BSN, IBCLC

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society
Combat Casualty Assistance Program
Visiting Nurse

Rusty, MGySgt, et al.
My sincere appreciation for the opportunity to serve as an escort for the recent Devils River Trip.
I have now seen, first hand, the full measure of value these trips provide to our service members in the great outdoors… in an environment of warm hospitality, genuine camaraderie, and purposeful activity. It was readily apparent that your attention to detail, careful selection of location, and skilled control of the environment facilitated opportunities for healing far exceeding those available within the conventional health care setting.
In my interaction with the participants, I took notice as each one progressed through his assessment of the environment and the people involved, with each of their unique physical and emotional burdens, and this quickly became much more than just a weekend adventure. It became a profoundly rich experience for all.
Our generous hosts discovered that despite every effort they made and every intention of “giving” (and give, they did… with their time, their energy, their knowledge and expertise, and their food, food, and more FOOD…), they couldn’t help but feel that they had received so much more in return in getting to know these fine warriors.
Our service members experienced things like honor and acceptance, fellowship, excitement, challenge, peace, awe, freedom, and hope (and the occasional mild sunburn and river rash). I’d like to suggest that for them, because of your efforts, CMO may not only represent “Combat Marine Outdoors”, but also “Confidence Moving On.”
Great times, great memories, great work.
With warm gratitude and hugs always,
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Reese Kimball, CEO, Empower Vets

I cannot begin to tell you how honored I was to be Combat Marine Outdoors’ host at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Wednesday. It was truly humbling for me to meet those young men who gave so much to ensure my freedom and way of life. Each and every one of our young heroes deserve so much more. I hear from time to time someone talking about an experience that is “life changing”. And now I can say that I definitely have had one. Throughout the event on Armed Forces Appreciation Day, I learned what is all about to be of service to your country and what sacrifice is. Too much of my life has been consumed by attempting to meet my own needs. My volunteering for that committee is something that will change me and the way that I look at our country and its Armed Services forever.
From listening to the story from Micheal Thornton to watching the World War II veterans shake the hands of the young folks , I was moved by the power of that day. And nothing was more powerful than being able to spend time with the young men from Combat Marine Outdoors. I can’t wait to see the guys again so don’t forget to send me the details for your event at BAMC in April. I really would like to attend. Thanks again and I am already looking forward to doing it bigger and better next year.

Macy Ledbetter, Wildlife Biologist

The Adventure at the Little Arrowhead was more than just a deer hunt. It was an opportunity for people to connect, hear stories that needed to be told, and to say words that needed to be said. Everyone involved is sure to carry their experiences with them out into their every day lives, to share those things that were said, done and felt with others. Making the connections and spreading the experiences with others is what makes the mission of Combat Marine Outdoors so successful and worthwhile. Don’t pass up the opportunity to participate in a CMO Event, and don’t pass up the chance to thank our men and women in uniform for their service and sacrifices.

Sgt David McCreary, USMC

Balboa Naval Hospital

I’m still talking about my experience to all my Marines and friends, and every time someone comes to the house I bring out my pictures and cook them up some of that oryx. To be able to have that oppritunity that was blessed upon me was just amazing, I can not thank you and the rest of the Combat Marine Outdoors program enough. I had another surgery back on Friday the 12th of Feburary, they went in and did some more work on my knee. If everything heals up right I can start to put weight on my left leg in two months and
hopefully walking in three months. The Monday before my surgery I had my Purple Heart ceremony, my company was in attendance along with my family, my parents and brother also came out for the presentation. If there is anything I can do to help out with Combat Marine Outdoors please let me know, take care, and once again thank you for all that you have done for me.

Capt Ryan Voltin, Cobra Pilot-USMC

2010 Y.O. Ranch Hunt

The Y.O. Ranch Hunt went above and beyond anything I could have hoped for. Thank you for your generosity, Semper Fidelis!

Cpl Zack Briseno, USMC

The Y.O. Ranch weekend was defintely an experience to treasure and remember. Thank you CMO for your hospitality and Support

LtGen Joseph Weber, USMC, ret.

Combat Marine Outdoors is having a great impact on the lives of these young Marines. Semper Fi…. HoooRah !