UWS began in 2016 as a group of fellow service members who lost a brother to suicide and decided to act. Realizing the scope of the problem, the organization began to grow with the help of other veterans, their families, and the local community into the organization that it is today. The driving force of the mission has never changed: leave no one behind.
Our members are trained, certified with a Veterans Behavioral Health Certificate, and use their shared experiences to connect with those they spend time with. Our favorite way to do this is in the informal setting found in camping and wilderness environments. Often, getting away from all the pressures of the grind and distractions of life; can decompress a person. Opening them up and giving them strength to stay in the fight.
We fund these trips completely from donations and our other events. No one in need pays anything and none of our members take any kind of compensation.
We do this because we care.