Combat Warriors started eight years ago as a way for veterans to connect with one another through a series of duck hunts in Eastern North Carolina, put together by president and founder Bill Warren. From the initial group of five, the charity now has grown to help over 300 vets through a total of 18 different events. "I had a friend from Fort Bragg who was sending troops to a deer hunt in Wisconsin 10 years ago," Warren says. "I had a duck-hunting camp in Hyde County, North Carolina, so a couple years later, I hosted a group of service members there. The local community just loved meeting those guys." Jim Rickman from the charter boat Outer Limits got to know the vets and suggested a charter trip the following season. He helped recruit several other captains and boats, including Fin Gaddy on Qualifier and Dennis Endee aboard A-Salt-Weapon. As the fishing trips grew, so did the catches. "One year, we had six boats, 30 warriors and six board members, and we caught 31 white marlin," Warren relates with a grin. "All the warriors got to catch a marlin, so that was really special." He says that although they might be the toughest warriors our nation can field — Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Air Force commandos and Recon Marines — they all share the common bond of service and sacrifice, as well as a love of the outdoors.