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Veterans Retreat

Healing at English River Outfitters Veterans Camp

Veterans Reaching Out To Veterans


 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.


See why HERO is important and what we do for the Veterans that come to see us.

Saving Lives

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

Saving Families

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

Making A Difference

Since 2008 HERO has hosted over 400 Veterans and their families annually making a significant impact on the quality of our veterans lives.

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.

Veterans Family Healing Association focuses on connecting veterans and their families with organizations that provide a wide variety activities that they can do with other veterans to provide a sense of community and familiarity.

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.