Idaho Back Country Vets uses the outdoors to help veterans

Posted at 3:09 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 17:09:04-05

Idaho Back Country Vets started in 2017, the organization makes it their mission to help their fellow veterans by taking them out hunting or fishing.

This organization started with three veterans who wanted to make a difference in their brothers and sisters lives.

"That's our goal, to reach as many veterans as we can because I really honestly believe it makes a difference," said co-founder Kevin McFarland.

McFarland told us the outdoors made a difference for him in getting over alcoholism and veterans return home with different psychological and physical conditions from their service.

Idaho Back Country Vets takes veterans out hunting and fishing to reconnect vets by provided a shared experience that brings back memories and builds camaraderie.

"It's been a little difficult for me in the past few years," said Ben Madsen a U.S. Army veteran who lost his leg during his service. "Idaho Back Country Vets is awesome, I grew up here in Idaho so anytime I can be outdoors when the sun comes up I do, it's a great group."

One hundred percent of the donations Idaho Back Country Vets receive goes towards taking veterans hunting and fishing because the organization is so new they continue to seek donations.

The organization wanted to thank the Albertson's Boise Open, Sportsmans Warehouse, Elk Mountain Tents, Cabellas and others for helping them get this organization off the ground.

For more information on Idaho Back Country Vets and ways that you can help, click here.