Veterans' group receives $3k from Tavern Association

Alastair Baker
News Editor
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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(Right) Hank Tuell, Col. USA (Ret.), Event Coordinator for NPLBO, receives a check for $3,000 from Jim Johnson, President of the Carbon Stillwater Tavern Association.

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Two U.S. Veterans who have benefitted from NPLB Outdoors, Ian and George.

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The Carbon Stillwater Tavern Association has donated $3,000 to Operation No Person Left Behind Outdoors (NPLBO).

Hank Tuell, Col. USA (Ret.) is the Event Coordinator for NPLBO and was on hand to receive the check from Jim Johnson, President of the Carbon Stillwater Tavern Association (CSTA). 

“Part of the money will go to a track wheelchair we got this year,” said Tuell. 

NPLBO is a partner of Operation of Second Chance, focusing on outdoor activities, hunting, fishing and fishing.

“We still partner with Operation Second Chance for events but we wanted to focus not on grants but pure outdoor activities,” said Tuell. 

Tuell commented on how “upbeat and positive” the Veterans had been on this year’s hunting trips. 

Johnson explained why the CSTA donated the money.

“We live in the communities where we have businesses, and raise our kids here, and make our living here and we are simply trying to be good neighbors,” he said. “We raise this money from our fundraisers and this year we gave away more money than ever before. People have been very generous.”

NPLB Outdoors started in 2004 as an adaptive hunting and fishing organization for wounded Veterans. The group is currently working to expand opportunities in the following areas: Off-road motorsports; horseback riding, golfing, aviation; hiking, SCUBA diving, skiing and snowboarding, watersports. They host over 40 events annually in 15 states and since 2012 they have raised over $1.2 million and paid over $810,000 in program related expenses 

To learn more about NPLB Outdoors visit or contact them at or mail to P.O. Box 132, Liberytown, MD 21762. 

To call: Hank Tuell: 1 (406) 425-4875 or Adam Kisielewski (301) 639-9705.