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We Support our American Soldiers!
Wounded Warriors
and
Active Military Personnel

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Our Armed Forces are out there all over the world everyday risking their lives to keep the American way of life.  Our family decided the best way we could show our gratitude to these brave soldiers is by "Taking a Soldier Fishing" and other special trips catering to their wish list and needs.  We've taken them fishing, camping, to the hot mineral spas, lunches & karaoke, golf, etc.  We delight them with fish fry's and other delicious meals of exotic meats like Oryx and Buffalo.  We give them a peaceful, yet fun-filled day of Fish Therapy with as many of their comrades or family as we can accommodate at one time.  Every one of these soldiers captures our hearts and leaves with us a huge impression of dedicated patriotism. 

What is Fish Therapy?
Fish Therapy is healing by bonding. Bonding with comrades, friends, family, bonding with nature, remembering the love you have for favorite activities and people in your life, acclimating back to those you hold dear.
Come for awhile, leave with a smile!

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Here are just a few of the Soldiers
we have been honored to host:

November 2006 was shirt sleeve and shorts weather.  Our new BFF, Sergeant Henderson, and her soldiers enjoyed their selves thoroughly.  First time to Elephant Butte Lake for most of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Ft. Bliss Wounded Warriors December '06 had smiles all around as the soldiers were as excited as 7 year old, Jr Guide Gidget Miller, to be fishing this cold December day.  A front had unexpectedly blown in and the temp didn't get over 36 degrees all day! Jumping Fish

Boat Load of Ft. Bliss Soldiers have a Ball, Despite Cold Weather
R & R is what these kids need... 
Absolute Rest and Relaxation.
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Hi Mom & Dad - Wish you were here! 
I'll be home soon.

Fish Jumping We thawed everyone out in the hot mineral baths before they left...  just what the doctor ordered! Ft. Bliss Wounded Warriors


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October '07 "Great Americans helping Great Americans".  The Millers received a check in donations from El Paso Apartment Association board member, David Hatton to take 10 soldiers fishing,  fine dining, hot springs baths & other positive morale building activities.  Sergeants' Kiel & Mallicote presented a Plaque & Certificate of Appreciation from the Ft. Bliss Warrior Transition Battalion to the Miller's for their service to the soldiers.  From left, First Sergeant Michael Joe "Pit Bull" Mallicote, Billy Jack Miller, Jr., Sergeant Major David W. Kiel, David Hatton, Monica Moon Miller & Gidget Moon Miller.

Jack Whitt, owner of Sierra del Rio Golf Course & Turtleback Mountain Resort, (& a former Marine himself!) treats the soldiers we host to free golf.

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October '07 Two groups of five soldiers were taken out fishing and treated to lunch at Turtleback Mountain Resort.

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These soldiers couldn't be more relaxed.

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The soldiers take a moment to pose with Patsy and Billy Jack Sr. and Jason Norby, all faithful supporters of the soldiers.


Fish Therapy All the soldiers reminisce about fishing trips of their youth with mom & dad, grandpa or even a favorite uncle... it puts them in a good place in their minds & hearts. Taking the Soldiers Fishing

Fishing, Lunch & Karaoke at the American Legion Post #44 was the plan for the day for these soldiers.

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November '07
This soldier was a Karaoke King after eating hot dogs and visiting with the good folks at the American Legion Post #44.

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We try to think of many diversions for the soldiers and they seem to enjoy them all!

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November '07
Almost Thanksgiving, this group of soldiers got a kick out of catching even the little ones.

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These soldiers were treated to good home-style lunch at Hodges Restaurant.

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Pictured with the soldiers are Billy Jack, Gidget and Ray Hodges.

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March '08
We are also working with the USO to bring families fishing.

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Help everyone get to know everyone again.

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Wounded Warrior, Andrew Wade, who's squad captured the Queen of Spades of the famed Most Wanted Terrorists deck of cards, is pictured here (right) with Billy Jack Miller Jr. of Rio Grande Guide Service, who is presenting Andrew with his mounted Walleye he caught earlier this year with Billy Jack. After capturing the Queen of Spades, Andrew was injured when a mine exploded on the way back to the base. He spent eight months in intensive care in the San Antonio, TX Army Medical Burn Unit.

March '08
Soldier Andrew Wade got into the walleye and then was presented with his complimentary mount in September.

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Soldiers, Specialist Troy Hanselman, Sergeant Jay, Staff Sergeant Brenda Freeman (who has done 4 tours of duty in Iraq) and her little man, Brendn Freeman enjoyed a day of fishing with Rio Grande Guide Service, Sunday, September 14th, 2008. Fishing was a little slow in the morning, but they got into the white bass in the afternoon, which is indicative to this time of year.

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Staff Sergeant Freeman commented on the "world of good" the fishing therapy does for the soldiers. Also pictured is Billy Jack and Gidget Moon Miller. These particular soldiers were sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Post #44.

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Rio Grande Guide Service hosted 10 soldiers from the 150th Fighter Wing of the New Mexico Air National Guard stationed in Albuquerque. These soldiers have all done at least 3 tours of duty in Iraq and were thrilled to have a couple of days on the lake.
150th Fighter Wing of the NM Air National Guard

October 2009

Navy Vet, Ray Ivans (left) gets to feel the white bass that he reeled in while on a fishing trip with Billy Jack Miller (right). It has been at least a decade since Ivans was out on the water fishing due to losing his eyesight, and thought it would be a lot longer. It proved to be a great day full of great memories.
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Billy Jack Miller of Rio Grande Guide Service had the honor of taking soldier Al Leal fishing for stripers before being deployed to Somalia to fight the war on terrorism.
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This is Al's 11th Tour of Duty and we pray for his safe and speedy return.

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July 2010

Is this a mirror image?? Nope, Richard A. Chacon bagged his limit of stripers here at Elephant Butte Lake.
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Army Infantry Chacon, specializing in the M5, enjoyed a farewell fishing trip with Billy Jack Miller of Rio Grande Guide Service before being shipped off to Afghanistan for his first tour of duty. The Miller's heartfelt prayers for his safe return will be with him.

We would like to thank:

American Legion Auxiliary Post #44
Blackstone Hotsprings
Deanna Sauceda
El Paso Apartment Association
Herald Publishing
Hodges Restaurant
Jack Whitt
KRQE Channel 13 News
Marina del Sur
Mike Hernandez
MillerMounts Taxidermy
Monty Brown
Representative Harry Teague
Sandy Jones
Sierra del Rio Golf Course
Turtleback Mountain Resort


for their kindness, generosity and support of our efforts to show these soldiers a wonderfully relaxing and therapeutic experience.

We are working on some really great ideas to double or more the amount of soldiers we can accommodate, and to also include their families.
Support of any kind from other sources has been a welcomed blessing.

Would You Like To Send a Soldier Fishing?
Your kindness is greatly appreciated!

USA WOUNDED WARRIORS PROGRAM
1414 Copper St
T or C, NM 87901
575-894-3454
575-740-0150
575-740-6138

mailto:usawoundedwarriors@gmail.com


Click Here to Visit USA Wounded Warriors Program Website

Last Update: 10/03/12

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