Hometown Hero Outdoors helping so many heal

Updated: July 20, 2020 05:38 PM

The quiet of the water and the outdoors can help quiet the anxiety inside. That's the mission of Hometown Hero Outdoors, a non-profit that helps veterans and law enforcement heal and build healthy relationships, through free fishing and hunting trips.

Chad Daniels has lived through the unhealthy times. "I've dealt with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and addiction issues," he shared. He credits Hometown for helping him find his way again.

"Wade, who I served in Bosnia with, kept saying, sign up for these trips. Sign up for these trips. So I did, and I got reintroduced to other veterans, and talked to these guys. And I got my life back together," Daniels told us.

He's now the Minnesota State Team Lead on staff.

"We kind of are separate from other veterans' organizations because we include law enforcement, since their community deals with similar issues as veterans do," explained Wade Yuhala, one of the founding members.

They span six states and include 6000 members. 

The men said guide services and volunteers are a huge part of making these trips happen. Some are day trips, some are overnight or over the weekend.

And the connections made, can help save a life, during the darkest of hours. "Many times, I've woken up in the middle of the night, and somebody needs help. So I call them," Yuhala said.

Daniels added, "We are there, if someone needs to talk to us. They message us and call us, and they know we're going to be there to talk to them." They are working on getting some education about suicide intervention, to help even more in the future.

There is a fundraiser coming up for the group. The Uncle Lenny Memorial Ride is Saturday, July 25th, at 10am. It starts at MJ's Resort in Pengilly, and is $20. 

"It's named after my uncle, who was a helicopter pilot in the Army, and a member of the Minnesota ATV Club," Yuhala said.


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