My name is Lisa Wetzel, and it is my honor to introduce myself as the President of the Board of Directors for Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans. I am married to my wonderful husband for the last 28 years, and together we have two beautiful daughters. I am a registered nurse for a local hospital for the last 14 years and have been in health care my entire adult life.
I come from a family with a strong military background. My great-grandfather was in the Spanish American War and WWI, where he was awarded the Purple Heart following a severe injury at Vesle, France. My grandfather served in WWII and helped to liberate several concentration camps. Several of my uncles were also in the military and have seen combat.
Ever since I was a little girl, joining the military was a dream. In January 1988, my senior year of high school, it became reality as I signed up for the Army Reserves. I served with the 402nd MP Camp, 3rd Enclosure. I was called to active duty to serve in Desert Storm when I was only 20 years old.
After my return home from Desert Storm, there were few resources for us to find assistance in reintegrating ourselves with the rest of the world. Or if those resources existed, I never knew about them. After my discharge from the military, there was a lack of resources to guide us in the next steps after discharge.
Fast forward to years later, when Ryan, the Founder and Executive Director of Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans, contacted me and my husband to help a veteran in need on Thanksgiving day. We had postponed time with our families to help this veteran, make sure he was safe, provide transport, buy groceries and ensure he had a way to contact his family. It was our way of giving back to a fellow veteran.
Over the next few months, my husband and I became more involved with the organization. We were able to participate in a camping rip with fellow veteran and their families. It was refreshing to see how the organization provided a bit of time for veterans and their families to relax, enjoy and reconnect.
I was then asked to become a board member, which eventually evolved into becoming President of the Board of Directors. I continue to look forward as my role as President and help Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans continue to help Veterans and their families.
Rob is a 20 year veteran having served in the United States Marine Corps, Army Reserve and Pennsylvania National Guard.
He is a father of three and
musician and music educator and still can be found playing and working
with various groups throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Rob comes to us with a background working with other local non-profits and is excited about the future of Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans.
came to POV at the request of our former Executive Director Mr. Bowman and joined our board in 2023.
Having served for 20yrs with multiple overseas deployments veteran causes are near and dear to his heart and he hopes he can help grow the organization so that we can help assist more veterans.
Robert is affiliated with the following Veteran Organizations
Veteran’s of Foreign Wars
Marine Corps League
Association of Old Crows
Marine Division Association
Some of Roberts military awards include
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Navy Commendation Medal x2
Army Achievement Medal x2
Navy Achievement Medal x3
Iraq Campaign Medal x3
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
National Defense Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Jason Wetzel is a native of Lehighton and graduate of Lehighton Area High School. Jason is our day to day operation guy for the organization. He keeps the organization in an organizational manner.
Keith is a passionate advocate for veterans and their families. Through his position on the Board of PA Outdoor Veterans, he has dedicated himself to helping veterans heal through the natural beauty of the outdoors. His mission is to provide veterans with an opportunity to reconnect with nature and to find peace and solace in the outdoors.
Through his commitment to the organization, Keith has been able to provide veterans with retreats and other opportunities to experience the outdoors. He has also been able to provide veterans with access to tools and resources that can help them find healing and renewed strength.
Keith's dedication to helping veterans and their families has been unwavering. He has been a strong advocate for veteran rights and has worked diligently to ensure that veterans receive the support they need. He believes that the outdoors can be a powerful tool for healing and has worked to ensure that veterans have access to the resources they need to take advantage of the healing power of the outdoors.
Through his commitment to helping veterans heal through the natural beauty of the outdoors, Keith has been able to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of veterans and their families. His dedication to helping veterans find healing and strength through the outdoors is an inspiration to us all.
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Rick joined PAOV in 2022, Rick was born and raised in Danielsville PA, and now lives and works in Palmerton.
Rick's family has a strong history of
Military Service and gladly joined to carry on his families long tradition of public service.
Outside of PAOV Rick is a Leader of the Northampton 4H Shooting Sports Club and works with his local communities and other Non-Profits.
Rick's goal is to help veterans in and out of PA and help POV grow to its fullest potential.
Our mission at Pennsylvania Outdoor Veterans, Inc is to enhance and promote the healing of the physical and emotional well being of our combat veterans while connecting with nature and the great outdoors.
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