HERO - Healing at English River Outfitters Endowment Fund

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HERO works for veterans

Veteran Programs:

  • Hunting and fishing trips both in and outside the state of Iowa.
  • Women Only Veterans Weekend Retreat

Family Programs:

  • Easter Egg and Scavenger Hunt for the kids up to age 10
  • Caring for horses is healing for Veterans and families
  • Family camp-outs and canoe trips
  • Haunted Trail
  • Spouse and Significant Other Retreat to foster understanding of PTSD, and what are some triggers and how to deal with it.

Suicide Prevention: We interact with veterans who have suicidal thoughts. We let them know they are not alone.

Suicide Support Group: For families who have lost a Service Member or Veteran to suicide.

HERO Life Skills Program: All of HERO events are structured around our Life Skills Program which is comprised of three Modules:

Module One: Personal Development: developing self-concept, personal goal setting, problem solving, decision making, dealing with anger, personal safety, time management, grooming and hygiene, alone or lonely, assertiveness, self-esteem, trust, risk taking, values, stress management, and even learning to laugh again.

Module Two: Relating to Others: Relating to others, communication skills, self-disclosure and feedback, accepting others, friendships, conflict resolution, hosting and attending social events, and healthy relationships.

Module Three: Life Management Skills: Budget coaching, shopping, paying bills, cooking and nutrition, maintaining comfortable living space, landlord / tenant relations, navigating the VA and civilian healthcare systems, connecting with community resources, accessing programs, and basic computer skills.

The HERO “Life Skills” program is conducted in a relaxed setting designed to reach the veteran who has had a bad experience with the VA and has anxieties about returning for the help he or she needs. Our priority is to help foster a healthy readjustment back to civilian and family life through a positive, safe, outdoor experience.

HERO is part of the healing process for veterans and families.


HERO provides safe outdoor activities for all veterans and their families. We offer a “Peer to Peer” mentorship program. We are not counselors or therapists. We are veterans who have been there and understand what veterans and families are going through. More than 20 veterans have reported this program has prevented their suicide. http://englishriveroutfitters.org/