English River Outfitters

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 We strive to restore our veterans’ strength and independence by providing a safe outdoor experience that promotes healing and closure,
as well as family reintegration.

9 Lives Saved

Nine Veterans who were considering suicide have experienced healing and restoration at HERO

2 Families Saved

Through HERO’s peer-to-peer approach, two families have avoided divorce.

1200 Veterans

Over 1200 veterans and their families have been served at HERO, included many wounded veterans.

What makes English River Outfitters Different?


We believe there is healing in nature; therefore we emphasize an outdoor experience where veterans can fish, hunt, and hike in the woodlands surrounding our facilities. Veterans with physical disabilities are able to participate fully using our all-terrain wheelchairs. The veterans we serve participate in sporting activities that challenge and empower them, all while immersed in Iowa’s natural, refreshing wilderness.

Learn about English River Outfitters

English River Outfitters is part of the healing process for veterans. Our priority is to help foster a healthy readjustment back to civilian life through a positive outdoor experience.

Veterans and families served at English River Outfitters experience a variety of therapeutic, group-based activities designed to re-establish confidence, hope, and health. In addition to our weekend retreats for veterans, we also hold special programs to serve children from Gold Star families, as well as ladies-only veteran camp-out events.