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.

How do we help Veterans?

Here's what we did with donations in 2017:

What can you do to get involved?

UWS is an all Volunteer organization, no one takes a pay check, and everyone is dedicated to our mission.

Currently the best way to get involved is to contact us directly, take a look at our Facebook Page, or fill out the volunteer signup form . Many hands makes the work light.

Keeping an eye on those locations will keep you up to date with Events, Planning, and Logistical needs.

Usually requests for help with events or ways to get involved with and support Veterans and their families; will go to the Facebook Page first.

Our Watchwords

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

– Theodore Roosevelt