United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA) is an all volunteer 501(c)(3)non-profit wish granting charity that specializes in sending critically ill and disabled youth and disabled veterans on the outdoor adventure of their dreams! USSA adventures give our youth and veterans something to look forward to, and help sustain them in their time of need! Families are whisked away from the mundane, man-made world of hospitals, and high medical bills by giving them a place of peace to focus on the quality of life, family ties, and the wonders of our natural world! USSA is composed of a 100% volunteer staff from all walks of life, bonded together by a common love for our fellow mankind and a deep respect and appreciation of our world's natural resources. By working cooperatively with caring "Adventure" donors as well as generous individual and corporate sponsors, USSA has made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of children, disabled veterans and their families. The public's image of all sportsmen is enhanced, through this valuable community service and new lifelong friendships are made! To learn more about the charity please view 'About USSA' page.
Edward McKellar - Virgina State Representative
My name is Edward McKellar, I was born in 1980 in the great state of Mississippi. Like many young men in what was known as the "Cream Pitcher of Mississippi" because of its strong dairy industry, I developed a deep fondness for God's wonderful creation and all the many things which it had to offer. Most summers were spent fishing in local ponds and along the Bogue Chitto River which ran right outside the back door of my childhood home. Those parts offer many pursuits for the sportsman and there was not much that I did not partake in. One spring the heavenly sound of a gobbler breaking the silence of morning opened a new chapter in my life that to this day still gets my pulse racing like nothing more. And there is nothing like being able to go back to those same hollows and getting to hear those birds on what sounds to me like the same trees. And most of the times they still seem to bust me as if I were that same green wing thirteen year old kid.
After studying for two years at Southwest Mississippi Junior college I enlisted in the United States Navy. During my Enlistment I spent four years aboard the USS Ashland (LSD-48), and from there would take a two year shore assignment where I worked as liaison between Little Creek Amphibious Base and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. During my enlistment I met a young lady that I would eventually marry and settle down in Southeast Virginia with. Upon completion of my active duty, I pursued my career as a taxidermist. And now own and operate Leatherwood Taxidermy, named after the road I grew up on. My wife, Ericka and I now have two beautiful daughters, Madison and Ashland. And they both can't wait to get out there and chase some gobblers with their daddy.
Several years ago I was asked to take a young man hunting with me that grew up fatherless. Having been set on closing the deal on this bird, for several days I thought, No problem? He should be in for a real good show. I remember the field having a good solid frost that morning, and upon the gobblers appearance at the fields edge he announced his arrival. From even that distance you could see the smoke rolling from his breath. As the gobbler made his way to us something changed my opinion about this hunt and I whispered to the kid, "Shoot Him". And that he did. This hunt stands out as probably one of the top in my lifetime. And I have seen first-hand how this made that young man feel.
I met Brigid O'Donoghue, Founder of the United Special Sportsman Alliance at a Virginia Taxidermist Association Convention. Hearing the wonderful things that the USSA was making possible for so many people touched me and softened my heart. I will have to admit that I was, As Hunting Celebrity Stan Potts likes to say "I was a bit misty". I was certain that I wanted to be a part of this cause.
The relaxation and rehabilitation offered in the great outdoors is such that none other can compare to. There is no better way to look forward then to get out there and enjoy what God has given us. I feel as though it is a blessing and an honor to be able to serve as the Virginia State representative for the USSA. I hope to be able to grant a wish to all those courageous and extraordinary children that endure so much and still muster the strength to smile and keep fighting.
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Winterfest Event – January 17, 2015
USSA will be holding its annual FREE Winterfest event near Black River Falls, WI. There will be ice fishing, sled riding, arts & crafts, and other activities available. Food, drinks, and fishing supplies will be provided too. Anglers and mentors will be there to assist families in all activities. In order to attend, you must register prior to January 12th.
A very special thank you for the sponsors, anglers, and Saddle Mound Cranberry Marsh who make this event possible each year.
Group Turkey Hunts - 2015
In March 2015, John LeMaster’s Memorial and USSA will be holding its annual group turkey hunt for six youth with special needs in Jones, AL. In April, Rock River NWTF chapter and USSA will be holding its annual turkey hunt near Oregon, IL for ten special youth. Shadows on the Wolf Clintonville Chapter and USSA will be holding its annual group turkey hunt for ten special kids near Caroline, WI. USSA’s Junction City Chapter will be holding their turkey hunt April 10-12, 2015 for eight special vets and 17 children and adults with special needs. In May, Cedar River Longbeards will be sponsoring their turkey hunt in Stewartville, MN. Please check back to see the brochures for the turkey hunts under 'Upcoming Events.'
Our primary mission is to positively affect the recreational and commercial deer industry as well as our national hunting and fishing heritage. We believe solid scientific conservation principles must be applied in order to preserve our wildlife resource for the next generation. As past history has confirmed; a joint effort of both the recreational and commercial deer industries will provide the best solution for tomorrow's generation of hunters. In addition, hunting, fishing, and farming of all kinds have suffered unprecedented attacks from animal activism. We are committed to silencing the shrill, uninformed voice of the animal extremist who stands in the way of our vision. Bio-Tec's mission is to promote, unite and facilitate that vision to the best of our abilities and resources!
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USSA is a registered 501(c)(3) national organization; 100% volunteer based. Your "Donation" is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Whether you are a business, an organization, a foundation, a governmental agency, outfitter, landowner, or a private citizen looking to make a difference, USSA has an "option" to make your involvement simple AND rewarding!
Our Sponsor's dollars help USSA meet its numerous operational expenses in addition to playing a greater role in large scale group events. Sponsorship dollars also subsidize travel expenses for our "recipients" to and from the field, license fees, taxidermy expense, and game processing.
II. Donors and Partners
USSA Donors are the "field generals" of our charity. These are the people and operations that are on the front lines, donating hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, and water sports adventures to our nations less fortunate sportsmen and women. Our donors are a diverse group. They are our country's land owner's outfitters, preserve owners, fishing lodge owners, boat owners and campground owners to name a few examples. Without their generosity and compassion, USSA would be just another charity. If you have any "outdoor type" service you would like to offer please let us know. If you have any unique outdoor experience you would like to offer, please let us know, and we will post your special opportunity under one of our homepage adventure buttons called "Other Activities". We will then help coordinate the wish for you and your recipient.
Our USSA Partners are organizations and operations that share a common cause and philosophy about human dignity, conservation, and outdoor sports. Partners can contribute valuable services, like media and communications or intangibles like providing a united solid front on key conservation, education and sportsmanship issues. If you would like to become a partner and be listed on our web site, please contact us at: "Contact USSA"
Partner, Donor, Sponsor and Member support is essential to promoting a new era of outdoor sports for the 21st century. A united voice with ALL concerned operations and organizations is crucial to see the mission to a successful end.
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American Outdoor Adventure
American Outdoor Adventure is an e-magazine written solely by recipients, mentors, donors, volunteers, and staff about their participation in USSA events. Within these short stories, the writer shares their personal ‘Outdoor Adventure’ with people around the world while encouraging them to live their outdoor dream. Please feel free to submit your story and pictures by mail or email for the upcoming issue in March 2015.
Memory Lane Scrapbook
Memory Lane Scrapbook is an online Scrapbook where anyone involved with USSA can capture their special moment, and share with people around the world. You are cordially invited to submit your articles, photographs, poems, awards, and so forth for publishing by email or writing to USSA. It is truly heartwarming to remember and share the great memories we had on our journey of life.