Darby's Warrior Support recently honored 6 Ranger Family members with scholarship money from the Ranger Scholarship Fund. DWS has donated $11,000 to this fund over the last couple years.
Darby's Warrior Support offers scholarships and support to military members who return home from war zones and their families. "These service members and their families can face extreme challenges when they return home and try to step back into their lives, and those challenges are intensified when they have physical injuries that may make it difficult to find jobs", Army Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Jim Daniel says.
Darby's Warrior Support is interested in those who are motivated and capable of overcoming their injuries and are willing to work, along with a team of mentors, to achieve their life goals. If you know an individual or a family that you feel meets our criteria please Contact Us and tell us about them.
Darby's Warrior Support's Ranger Scholarship Fund is driven by your generous donations. Please visit our Donate Page to learn how you can help.
Join Darby's Warrior Support for our auction event and help us Lead The Way as we raise money to support our wounded warfighters.
The DWS Mission is to provide combat veterans of the 9/11 Generation free, all-inclusive Arkansas duck hunting in luxury accommodations, while also providing educational scholarship assistance for the severely wounded and permanently disabled veteran seeking a college degree.
The Arkansas values of rugged individualism, hard work, patriotism and love of the outdoors makes the Natural State the perfect location for DWS and allow us to operate almost totally with volunteers and without paid staff.
Darby's Warrior Support is proud to provide a program that covers all soldier expenses other than their hunting license and duck stamps. Only through your continued support will we be able to sustain this effort. Please join us on August 27th and help us support this most noble cause.
Darby's Warrior Support Asks You To Give Online Through ArkansasGives.org On April 7th.
Supporters will have an opportunity to stretch their charitable dollars by making online gifts to Darby's Warrior Support through ArkansasGives.org from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 7.
Last year ArkansasGives raised $2 million online in one day for more than 350 nonprofits statewide. This year's goal is $4 million. "Your online donation April 7 will help Darby's Warrior Support earn bonus dollars from a $400,000 bonus pool provided by Arkansas Community Foundation," said ArkansasGives spokesperson. "It's one day, one easy way to give."
On April 7 the public will be able to give online from smartphones, tablets or personal computers by going to ArkansasGives.org, choosing Darby's Warrior Support and making a credit card donation. In addition to the value of their gift, ArkansasGives donors will help Darby's Warrior Support receive a portion of the bonus dollars and help them compete for additional cash prizes from First Security Bank that will be awarded to the organizations that raise the most individual donations and most total dollars.
According to retired Army Ranger Michael Schlitz, homelessness, unemployment and suicide rates are at record highs among combat veterans. A Searcy nonprofit organization seeks to change those odds for wounded veterans in the special forces by bringing them together in an Arkansas way -duck hunting.
Darby's Warrior Support, formerly Operation Wounded Warrior Support, was formally established in 2010 by four U.S. Anny rangers. They sought to provide healing for combat-injured Army rangers through the camaraderie of water fowling.
According to Schlitz, who lost both arms and received burns over nearly his entire body as a result of a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2007, current statistics show that 22 veterans commit suicide a day.
"But that's not taking into consideration that not all agencies report veteran suicide, and not all states report veteran suicide," Schlitz said. "So, in all likelihood, that number's probably on the low end."
The reason, he said, is isolation.
The Ranger Base Biscoe Bunkhouse is finished and open for the 2015-2016 duck season. Newly constructed and completely handicapped-accessible, the lodge provides a state-of-the-art kitchen with an adjoining dining room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and a table big enough to comfortably host large parties. A cozy den with deep couches, chairs and a large-screen TV finishes out the main living area.
Built and furnished with a generous gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the lodge in Biscoe has two handicapped-accessible baths and can comfortably sleep nine Warriors.
Outdoor amenities include sweeping shade trees, a fire pit (all important in after-hunt story-swapping) and a large shop with top-notch supplies, gun safes and individual dressing lockers for each Soldier. The sweet smell of barbecue wafts through the surrounding fields as volunteers host the combat veterans under the spacious carport in a much-needed time of rest, recreation and camaraderie.
We have been able to provide a program that covers all Soldier expenses other than a hunting license and duck stamps. Only through your continued support will we be able to sustain this effort.Help Support Our Vision
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