WHY WE SERVEWith over 45,000 soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan during the last decade, some families and communities are struggling to cope with the severe emotional and physical injuries sustained by our dedicated servicemen and servicewomen. Life can be uniquely difficulty for these veterans. Fly fishing has proven to be an incredibly therapeutic tool in restoring physical function and recreating lives, and Anglers of Honor is humbled to assist in the process.
HOW WE SERVEAnglers of Honor works directly with veterans with disabilities and their families to aid in their recovery and acclimation to life after active duty. We also work with individuals suffering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injury to provide accessible and therapeutic fishing opportunities. Through the Anglers of Honor program, participants and their families learn the basics of fly fishing which they get to put to immediate use on premier private fly fishing water, restored to allow access for individuals with disabilities.
ANNUAL REPORTAnglers of Honor 2016 Annual Report
Leave it all behind
J. R. Lapierre
J.R. is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys skiing, camping fishing and hiking. He has worked with other non-profit organizations in building capacity for participants and developing programming. He earned a Master's Degree in Sports & Recreation Management from Northeastern University.
President of Board of Directors
Over the last 15 years Bob Adwar has help organize almost 300 outdoor adventures including Pheasant, Duck, Big Game Hunts and Fly Fishing outings for wounded war veterans and others with severe injuries. He began his involvement working with patients and alumni of Craig Hospital—one of the best in the country for treating Spinal Cord and TBI injuries—while serving on their board. During his service on the Board of Directors for Safari Club he expanded the outings to include wounded veterans from Operation TBI Freedom and Freedom Hunters and also serve on their advisory committees.
As a Colorado native, Ethan fell in love with the outdoors and natural sciences at a young age. By high school he was an avid fly fisherman and he knew he would need to find a way to work in field that combined his love for the outdoors, science, and other people. Ethan earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
Allan Smith is the founder and owner of multiple enterprises with activities in several international locations. As an independent management consultant of his own firm, Invictus Management Consulting Ltd. he has directed the conception and successful completion of several multi-million-dollar luxury residential and commercial development projects. Prior to founding Invictus, Allan was Director of Gaming and Hospitality Division for a large Las Vegas based general contractor. Allan has also served in several senior management positions for other general contracting, development and construction management firms in Las Vegas and Colorado, completing projects in commercial, residential, healthcare, and educational markets for both public and private clientele.
Russell was introduced to the world of hunting at the young age of 5 years old when his father gave him his first BB gun. He grew up exploring the ranch, tracking game, and learning about the outdoors. That love for hunting and the outdoors has become a career for the past 14 years. Along with his family he runs Colorado’s premier dog training facility and upland bird club. He is also a licensed outfitter and spends his falls guiding big game hunts in eastern Colorado. While hunting is his livelihood he’s passionate about educating and encouraging new hunters. He teaches hunter safety for the state of Colorado and has sponsored youth hunting events for several organizations. He believes that today’s modern sportsman needs to be an advocate for hunter’s rights, conservation and involved in education in order to continue our hunting heritage.
Dr. Diane Ricci has served at the State of Colorado Division of Veterans Affairs for almost six years, including two as a Veterans Service Officer and now as the Deputy Director/Appeals Management Specialist. Here she has the privilege of assist veterans and their families with their claims to the VA including hearings in front of Federal Law Judges. Dr. Ricci is also an active member of the U.S. Army reserves. She joined the Army in 2005 at a 1 Lieutenant and now is a Major in the chaplain corps. She volunteered for a 16 month tour which included 12 months in Iraq, and volunteered for a one year tour at Fort Carson, Colorado. She finished her tour at the chaplain school house where she wrote and taught classes for Captain Chaplains. She is now part of USSOCOM in Tampa Florida and up for promotion for Lieutenant Colonel. Her awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd award, Army Achievement Medal, good conduct (3rd award), Iraq campaign (2nd award), reserve mobilization, global war on terror and others. Dr. Ricci also volunteers for the Denver Police Department as a chaplain. She has four degrees: Doctorate in Theology, Masters in Divinity, Masters of Business Administration, and Bachelors in Business Administration.
Chuck Williamson, served 17 years in the Army and was medically retired as a Sergeant First Class. Chuck was first deployed as a tank driver during Operation Desert Storm. For the first 9 years of service, he was an Armor Crewman and held every position on a tank: loader, driver, gunner and tank commander. During this time, he held several leadership positions, to include Head Cadre – instructor for the Individual Readiness Training for Bosnia rotations, as well as Platoon Sergeant in charge of 15 soldiers where he held hand receipts and was responsible for equipment in excess of 3 million dollars. Chuck conducted Recruiting Duty and eventually retired from the Army as a Recruiting Station Commander, in charge of 6 recruiters. Chuck received many awards, badges and ribbons, to include the following: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (4), Army Superior Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal (2), South West Asia Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Army Recruiter Badge – gold with 3 Sapphire Achievement Stars and Recruiter of Excellence Award from the Chief of Staff of the US Army. He also achieved the Recruiter Ring and the Glenn E. Morrell Medallion. Chuck has been involved with the SCIHop program since 2013. In 2016 and 2017, he volunteered with Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Institute (HBOT), helping with the Vets going thru their program. He also helped coordinate with the vets to attend various SCIHop events. Since 2017, he has been volunteering with SCIHop and River Deep. Chuck is the the lead, point person for the SCIHop and River Deep Vet-to-Vet Mentor Program and serves as Development Coordinator.
PURCHASE A ROD FOR YOUR HERO
Reward yourself or your Hero with a beautiful Anglers of Honor "Defender Series" fly rod combo, manufactured by KASTKING. This 9' 5WT (4PC) rod designed for new or experienced anglers, features Anglers of Honor "Defender" Series logos, red, white and blue ferrules, a cork composite handle and an aluminum alloy reel...and it comes with a case! 100% of your donation will go towards supporting outings, activities and support services that enable individuals with disabilities to re-acclimate and re-engage in life. For $300 you will receive this one-of-a-kind, signature combo. For $500 you will receive one Anglers of Honor Fly Rod and one will be DONATED to a vet with a disability! Donate here today!