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Live Auction Sneak Peek!

Gallatin River Lodge “Farm to Table” Dinner for 8 Good for up to one year. Donated by Gallatin River Lodge and Ryder Cup Paris for Two with 5 Nights Accommodations in Versailles September 26-October 1. Ground and airline travel arranged by Caroline Travel. Generously...

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Introducing Rob Riggle: Keynote Speaker for The Journey Home

Introducing Rob Riggle: Keynote Speaker for The Journey Home

Actor/Comedian/Writer/Producer/Director/Podcaster Rob Riggle has been a staple in comedic and now dramatic films for over 15 years.    Most recently, Riggle co-starred Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger in Open Road Films’, Midnight Sun, which opened March...

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Save the Date for Give Big Gallatin Valley

Save the Date for Give Big Gallatin Valley

WHAT: Organized by the Bozeman Area Community Foundation, Give Big Gallatin Valley is a 24-hour online and live celebration of giving, created to connect people (like you) with the causes they care about most (like WQW). With your support, WQW volunteers and guides...

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MSU fraternity raises more than $11,000 for WQW

MSU fraternity raises more than $11,000 for WQW

The philanthropic spirit is strong among Montana State University's Kappa Sigma Fraternity. On Veteran's Day 2017 this fraternity held their annual "Sushi for Soldiers" fundraising event in partnership with Bozeman's Rocking R Bar and Seven Sushi. Members put their...

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The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect

The following e-mail was sent to WQW’s volunteer manager from Kristian Timmons, a new volunteer and former officer in the United States Air Force, currently serving in the Montana Air National Guard. Calvin is the warrior he was paired with. I wanted to say thank you...

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Business Spotlight: Billion Auto Group

Business Spotlight: Billion Auto Group

Bozeman family-owned for 40 years, the folks at Billion Auto Group have an innate belief that it is important to give back to those who have protected our freedoms as Americans. Of his family's values, Peder Billion recently wrote that, "With WQW we feel that we need...

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WQW’s Core Values Identified

CORE VALUES These Core Values support our Vision and Mission, shape our culture, and reflect what is most important to our Foundation. They are the essence of our identify - our beliefs and principles. Our Core Values provide the roadmap for accountability,...

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WQW Plans First All-Female Combat Veteran Fishing Experience

WQW Plans First All-Female Combat Veteran Fishing Experience

In December, the New York Times featured an article hi-lighting the fact that women are the fastest growing demographic in the fly fishing industry. Coincidentally, WQW is excited to host our first, all-female combat veteran Fishing Experience in 2018! If you or...

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Business Feature: Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply

Business Feature: Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply

Since its inception, Murdoch's Ranch and Home Supply has been – and always will be – actively involved in community-based partnerships that enhance the lives of others. From the top down, the Murdoch's Team represents a united commitment to making the lives of those...

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Reflections from Board Chair Joe Esparza

Reflections from Board Chair Joe Esparza

In honor of WQW’s 10-year anniversary, we’re interviewing individuals who have been involved with Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation in different capacities. This month, we’re interviewing Joe Esparza, WQW’s current board chair, and long-time volunteer with WQW.  To...

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Ten Years of WQW Programs: An Interview with Dave Kumlien

Ten Years of WQW Programs: An Interview with Dave Kumlien

In honor of our 10-year anniversary, we’re interviewing individuals who have been involved with Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation in different capacities, some of whom have been involved since the inception of the Foundation in 2007. Today, we’re interviewing Dave...

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WQW and Mystery Ranch: A Bozeman-Based Partnership

WQW and Mystery Ranch: A Bozeman-Based Partnership

In 2011, Col Eric Hastings, co-founder of Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, walked into the showroom at MYSTERY RANCH and asked about a pack that could conveniently carry essential fly fishing supplies for volunteer companions on the fly Fishing Experiences (FX’s)...

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Who Is SGT MAC?

Who Is SGT MAC?

Since we met Michael J. MacLeod in 2013 he has proven to be a thoughtful and honorable friend to Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation (WQW) warrior participants and staff. Four years ago, just a few months after separating from the military, SGT Michael J. MacLeod...

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A Guide’s Story: “It’s About the People”

A Guide’s Story: “It’s About the People”

In honor of our 10-year anniversary, we’re interviewing individuals who have been involved with Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation in different capacities, some of whom have been involved since the inception of the Foundation in 2007. Today, we’re interviewing Jesse...

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WQW Featured in the Big Timber Pioneer!

WQW Featured in the Big Timber Pioneer!

A recent article in the Big Timber Pioneer gives some thorough insight in Warriors and Quiet Waters' programming and the combat veterans that experience hope and healing through the Foundation's Fishing Experiences. CLICK HERE TO READ PART 1 CLICK HERE TO READ PART 2...

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Announcing the Ice Fishing Experience (IFX)!

Announcing the Ice Fishing Experience (IFX)!

Two weeks ago, four warriors convened on Montana's largest (albeit frozen) body of water to catch Northern Pike and Perch for Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation's (WQW's) first ever winter Ice Fishing Experience (IFX). In an effort to explore ways to expand alumni...

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Measuring Our Impact

Measuring Our Impact

To measure our program’s effectiveness, WQW collaborated with Dr. Aaron Sawyer, a program evaluation specialist with experience assessing Dept. of Defense psychological health and traumatic brain injury programs. We developed a survey assessing key outcomes of the...

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Volunteer Profile: Marie and Trey Gacke

Volunteer Profile: Marie and Trey Gacke

At Warriors and Quiet Waters (WQW), we're so fortunate to share Montana's beauty and blue ribbon waters with combat veterans from across the country on every Fishing Experience (FX). We remain grateful for WQW's dedicated volunteers who make it possible for warriors...

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Simms Celebrates Veterans This November

Simms Celebrates Veterans This November

This November, Simms is once again honoring our nation’s veterans by donating proceeds from sales of a special edition Made-in-USA wader to Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation. Read more in this recent blog post by The Venturing Angler, the original fly fishing...

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WQW Alumni Discover Renewed Sense of Purpose as Fishing Guides

Earlier this year, WQW shared a blog post written by alumnus Kyle Shackelford. Staff Sergeant Shackelford (USMC Ret) sustained brain and spinal injuries in Afghanistan. He was struggling with his career ending and living with his injuries. Kyle said he found a renewed...

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PRESS RELEASE: Big Vision for Combat Veterans Becomes Reality

Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation Celebrates Successful Completion of $7.5 Million ‘Home for Healing’ Capital Campaign After Receiving Major Gift  (Bozeman, MT.) Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation is celebrating the official close of the independent, nonprofit’s...

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State’s waters and lands helping heal veterans

Montana is an amazing place for Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation’s (WQW) work. If it weren’t for the scenic Big Sky and the rivers that run through it, hundreds of combat veterans would not have experienced the countless, therapeutic benefits provided by outdoor...

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The Wader Makers

https://youtu.be/s3D8cg1swhk   WQW is honored to have partnered with this incredible company since our inception. Watch this motivating short film to learn how Simms makes their "Made in the USA" product, and if you are interested in owning a pair of special WQW...

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The Journey Home Live Auction “Sneak Peek”

PREVIEW LIVE AUCTION ITEMS FOR THIS SOLD OUT EVENT Simply click on the image below to view the Live Auction Gallery If you have not registered for this sold out event but you would like to place a ghost bid on a live auction package, please contact Emily Wallace by...

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Bandon Dunes Golf Resort Raffle

A raffle to support the mission of Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation   Win 5 nights lodging and 4 days of foursome play at Oregon's Experience true links courses, pristine native dunes and expansive ocean views Bandon Dunes - Pacific Dunes - Bandon Trails -...

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A Legacy Paying it Forward

WQW has received an especially meaningful grant from Dog Tag Brewing Foundation in memory of Sgt. Andrew J. Baddick, US Army. "A.J." was from Pennsylvania and like his father, Joe, served in the 82nd Airborne Division. While serving in Iraq in 2003, A.J. sacrificed...

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Volney Steele: Uncommon Valor, a Memorial

Volney?  I wish I could call you one last time and say to you:  “Is this the party to whom I’m speaking?”  And we would laugh with each other at the absurdity.  Words matter.  As a competent Doctor, historian, and published biographer and author, Volney Steele knew...

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Help Make Our House, A Home

We're just two weeks away from opening our Home for Healing to six warrior alumni and their spouses for the first Couple's event of the year! While some contractors are installing drywall and wheelchair accessible sinks, others are wrapping up a fresh coat of paint to...

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Family gift honors SFC Wanda L. Fleming and SFC John Fleming

With the first FX of the year just 9 weeks away, Warriors and Quiet Waters staff and volunteers are busily preparing!  Each day progress is being made as contractors complete ADA-compatible renovations and property improvements at Quiet Waters Ranch. For the first...

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WQW Remains Strong, Accountable and Effective

Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation (WQW) is committed to transparency and accountability to the public, our donors and most importantly, the warriors we serve. In 2007, WQW was founded in Bozeman, MT to bring hope, camaraderie, trust and serenity to post-9/11...

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2015 Semper Fly Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who gathered together in the scenic Madison Valley for the second annual "Semper Fly" fundraiser! This extraordinary fishing event kicked-off on Friday evening, June 19 with a casual reception at the exclusive Elk Meadows Ranch. Enthusiastic...

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NEW WQW PROMO VIDEO

Thanks to Eli Weiner for helping us capture the fun and camaraderie that warriors experience during one of WQW's week-long Fishing Experiences (FX).  After watching this 3-minute video, please consider sharing it with any combat-injured veterans or service members of...

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2014 “The Journey Home” Golf Tournament

WQW's third The Journey Home Golf Tournament was held at the Riverside Country Club in Bozeman on July 24 & 25, 2014, and featured World Golf Hall of Famer and two time Majors Champion, Johnny Miller, as the keynote speaker. The event was a great success thanks to...

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