August 22, 2014

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Operation Outdoors - Lighting the Fire


It’s not about help. It’s about providing the opportunity and environment to re-kindle a passion – a passion for the outdoors that a wounded veteran may have forgotten.

It’s about lighting the fire.

Ross Williams, the man behind the vision, draws from his own personal life experiences.

Ross has witnessed friends and fellow soldiers be injured, and how those injuries have affected their lives, including their interest in the outdoors.

Ross was temporarily injured himself too. After a paratrooping accident, Ross initially believed he would probably never walk again. He also thought he would never have the opportunity to do many of the activities he loved, including duck hunting and fishing.

It is living and witnessing the after effects of these events that has stirred a deep response in Ross. When you speak with Ross about his program, Operation Outdoors, you can clearly feel the care he has for his fellow soldiers, and see how his vision has emerged from these experiences.

Leading by Example

Ross has recently returned from his deployment and has wasted no time in putting his vision into action. Within a matter of days of being granted leave, Ross grabbed a friend of his and took him fishing. His friend had yet to do anything outdoor related since his injury.

Fish On

When his friend tightened up the rod on that first bass, Ross could see his friend’s face light up. His friend’s expression said it all. Ross could see the spark.

Ross' Key Message

Ross wants to emphasize a particular point to his fellow service personnel – the outdoors are still accessible to you.

His Goals

Ross’ vision includes a nationwide network of individuals that have the interest and desire to take injured service personnel back into the outdoors. The outdoors they once loved, and ultimately re-kindle their passions. One soldier at a time.

Carrying the Torch

If you have an interest in creating an outdoor opportunity for an injured soldier in your area, then give Ross a holler. This is a grass roots program and it starts with you.

Or if you know of a veteran that could use a spark, let Ross know too.

As after all, Operation Outdoors is ultimately all about them, and lighting the fire.

More coming. Stay tuned...

Comments (10)Add Comment
written by Duckbandit, November 09, 2009

Light the Fire
Ross sign me up. I hunt and fish. I have a flexible shifts at the Fire House. I can provide waterfowl trips, in public and private lands. My 18ft duck boat is equiped with a blind to hunt out of for the disabled. Ocean sport fishing is slowing but lake bite is heating up. I have a 24ft northriver seahawk with pleanty of room. I am located in Santa Cruz California. I can deploy from my firehouse in the bay area or meet up on site. Please contact me for details via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
written by redlegwingsetter, September 25, 2010

Great Program
We are getting this grassroots program off the ground I am asking that anyone who is willing to take someone out in the outdoors contact me on here and I will try to hook you up with someone to take out. If you are looking for someone to take you out to try something new contact me also I will try to make a connection with somebody.
Thank You
Ross Williams
written by RatStaff, September 25, 2010

Yes it is!
Great program!
written by EternityOutdoors, October 29, 2010

Great Program, I hope it will continue to grow!!!

Would love to be able to take someone on a hunt if we the oppurtunity presents itself!! Would be great for us to capture a hunt on film of this magnitude. Keep us in mind in the future!
written by brian55, February 11, 2011

thanks ross, im absolutely stoked about being a part of this program.....we already have many great hunts lined up in michigan to include..deer..honkers...salmon fishing...rabbit hunting you name it we can do happy to contribute to an excellent program:) great idea and keep up the good work
written by RatStaff, February 16, 2011

Big Thumbs Up
Nice! (-:
written by shawn_c992001, February 28, 2011

I can take someone hunting also, and love introducing people to the sport. I hunt lots of different areas from easy boat rides and short walk ins, to longer boat rides plus a walk in. I hunt some fields, but mostly rivers, lakes, and beaver ponds. I hunt mostly form my 14' john boat with blind or from the bank. I can handle kids or the handicapped.
written by RatStaff, March 22, 2011

@shawn_c992001 Nice brother!
written by RatStaff, March 22, 2011

RatTown Group
There is a Group set up in RatTown for Operation Outdoors...
written by jhdavis63, September 01, 2011

Please Read!
My name is Jordan Davis, Im 16 and on the North Little Rock Fishing and Trapshooting team. One of my classes lets us do project around our state and community. i have access to an endless amount of technology. My team and I are very interested in helping injured service men in anyway possible! I want them toknow that even if they are injured they can still do the things they love. We would take any donations you would be able to give, and every idea! You can contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . THANK YOU!

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