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Warriors & Quiet Waters: Empowering Post-9/11 Combat Veterans to Thrive

At last, I have managed to find a moment of respite from work. I am able to relax, breathe deeply, reflect with a huge smile on my face the individuals I have recently encountered, the tales I have experienced, and the family I have acquired during my work escapades!


This is a project I worked on where I am truly with my people, experiencing real connections, watching lives change and walking away with a greater connection to my own self and purpose.


Thank you to Warriors & Quiet Waters for your trust and to be a continued part of your community and mentor. The work that you do is invaluable, and I am grateful to be a part of your journey towards making a positive impact in the lives of those you serve.


Hope you enjoy my story and will take the time to check out the amazing work Warriors & Quiet Waters does.



After years of paying service to our country, post-9/11 combat veterans have a new critical mission: finding their purpose in civilian life.


Warriors & Quiet Waters empowers post-9/11 combat veterans and their loved ones to thrive and live purpose-driven lives through peak experiences in nature, meaningful relationships, and a sense of community. They bring Warriors to their ranch in southwestern Montana, providing a safe, secure environment – created by volunteers, guides, and other veterans – that feels like home. Here, Warriors find space to make meaning of their service and discover what a purposeful life means to them.


Warriors and their loved ones learn fulfilling new skills like fly fishing, archery elk hunting, and backcountry skills so they can tap into the healing benefits of these activities for life. They gain the life skill of finding clarity and solitude in nature, learning to relax, and building resiliency to sustain them through challenging times.


They foster the kind of community that becomes a family!


A Warrior’s journey is never over. Their progressive programs encourage Warriors and their loved ones to grow beyond the trauma of war, realize their potential, and chart a path toward a thriving, resilient life.


Through outdoor experiences, veterans find space to ponder the big questions about their life after service: What do I want to do with my life? What do I value? What brings me joy? Through this reflection, veterans can find their new mission in life after service.



Grant Grigsby is a fly-fishing guide in SW Montana as well as for Warriors & Quiet Waters. Bozeman, Montana.



Warriors & Quiet Waters warrior, US Navy Veteran Calin Brierley. Bozeman, Montana.



Warriors & Quiet Waters warrior, US Army Veteran Dylan Croisant. Bozeman, Montana.



Warrior, US Army Veteran Dan Hendrix prepares to load up and leave the Warriors & Quiet Waters ranch for a day of fly fishing with the group in Bozeman, Montana.



Warriors & Quiet Waters Fishing Guide Rodney Thurman demonstrates fly fishing technics and the motions while using a fly rod during an introductory class on the ranch in Bozeman, Montana.



Fishing guide Rodney Thurman works with Warriors & Quiet Waters warrior, US Army Veteran Christopher Perdue, teaching him the correct way to cast out his line and use his fly rod at a private pond in Paradise Valley, Montana.



Larry Weidinger, Warrior & Quiet Waters Staff Facilitator for the Built For More program discusses the program with new warriors at the ranch in Bozeman, Montana.



The crew from Warriors & Quiet Waters makes their way to Sitz Lake with their drift boats in tow for a day of fishing near Bozeman, Montana.



US Army Veteran and Warriors & Quiet Waters Fishing Guid Sean Gifford pulls up his drift boat to be launched into Sitz Lake for a day of fishing near Bozeman, Montana.




Warriors & Quiet Waters staff and warriors arrive at a tributary to the Jefferson River, pulling out and putting on their gear for a day of working the river in search of the fish to be caught and released near Bozeman, Montana.



Warriors & Quiet Waters warrior, US Army Veteran Dylan Croisant casts his fly rod into Sitz Lake near Bozeman, Montana.



Warrior, US Navy Veteran Chris Keene cast his line out into a tributary to the Jefferson River, letting his fly ride the current a bit in hopes of a bite near Bozeman, Montana.



Warrior, US Army Veteran Dan Hendrix has a little fun mimicking the scene from the titanic with Companion Joel Proyen and Fishing Guide Grant Grigsby after catching a few fish in Sitz Lake near Bozeman, Montana.



Warriors & Quiet Waters Fishing guide Jackson Chaput nets warrior, US Army Veteran Michael Brian’s Rainbow Trout he just caught on Sitz Lake near Bozeman, Montana.



Warriors & Quiet Waters Program Operations Manager Onno Wieringa releases a Brook Trout he just caught in Sitz Lake near Bozeman, Montana.



Warriors & Quiet Waters Program Operations Manager Onno Wieringa and warrior, US Army Veteran Dylan Croisant try to help straighten a drift boat caught up in the mud after being taken out of the Sitz Lake for the day near Bozeman, Montana.



 Warriors & Quiet Waters Senior Program Operations Manager Jesse LeNeve, and his dog Pancho check out the lay of the land and where best to set off and start fishing with his small group in a tributary to the Jefferson River near Bozeman, Montana.



Warrior, US Army Veteran Dan Hendrix gets in a few more practice casts before heading down to a private pond after working with his Fishing Guide Grant Grigsby in Paradise Valley, Montana.



Warrior, US Army Veteran Jason Sapp fishes from the bank of Sitz Lake near Bozeman, Montana.



Warriors & Quiet Waters Fishing Guide Tony Fallen, warrior, USMC Veteran Frank Carter and US Navy Veteran/Companion Ryan Lynch joke around and have a laugh while fly fishing a tributary to the Jefferson River near Bozeman, Montana.



Warrior, US Army Veteran Dan Hendrix casts his line into a private pond in hopes of hooking into a big one in Paradise Valley, Montana.



Warrior, US Navy Veteran Chris Keene cast his line out into a tributary of the Jefferson River as Fishing guide Rodney Thurman watches on near Bozeman, Montana.



After a long day fly fishing on a tributary of the Jefferson River, warrior, US Army Veteran Dan Hendrix takes a moment to write down his thoughts for the day in his journal before packing up and leaving near Bozeman, Montana.



Warriors & Quiet Waters Health and Wellness Coach Karen Mitchell talks with the warriors at the ranch in Bozeman, Montana, about overall health, wellness, and nutrition. After the Fishing Experience warriors are offered the opportunity to meet one on one with her virtually.



Warriors & Quite Waters warrior, US Army Veteran Christopher Perdue. Bozeman, Montana.



Warriors & Quite Waters warrior, US Army Veteran Jason Sapp. Bozeman, Montana.



Warriors & Quite Waters warrior, US Army Veteran Michael Brian. Bozeman, Montana.

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