MEET OUR WARRIORS
Warrior Service was founded by Captain David Libby of the US Army. He has gathered a small army of his own of retired military and civilian volunteers who are like-minded in helping Veterans find and receive the services they are due and at the same time, getting them out of their everyday life and getting active again; for some, for the first time in years. Among other goals, Warrior Service would like to continue making their trips handicap accessible, or as close as they can, so that even wounded warriors can participate in the outdoor adventures. No one is on the payroll at Warrior Service and events are funded by donations. Please consider donating to our general PayPal fund to help keep these activities going
Travis Huisman is a lifelong, local boy. He is married with two kids and runs his own accounting firm called Flexure. When not working, he can be found hiking, hunting, fishing and working in his hobby blacksmithing and metal fabrication shop. Travis is passionate about giving back to veteran’s and their families and has been involved with Home With Heroes, out of Vancouver, WA, for the past six years. He is excited to offer the same outdoor adventures he’s been blessed with to those who have served.
Branden Millsap served in the Washington State Army National Guard for 9yrs as a Combat Engineer with multiple deployments to Iraq. He joined up with the Army National Guard at the age of 28 after watching the twin towers on 9/11 go down. On that day he lost 343 of his family, the Firefighters that put their life on the line to save those in need. As a part time firefighter/EMT, Branden decided he would do what he could to help to make the terrorist pay the price. This is when he decided to join the Army National Guard. His enlistment date happened to fall on the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 incident. After being deployed to Iraq a couple times, serving during Cobra Gold in Thailand, and during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. It was time to spend too raise my two sons to be great godly men, so he departed the military in great terms with many awards. Branden has always wanted to give back to the veterans that need help. This is when he ran into his old friend David Libby that was getting an organization called Warrior Service going and asked if he would help. Of course, he couldn’t say no to that. And this is where he is now helping vets that need help with multiple items.
Dave Koehler is the owner of Signs By Tomorrow in Bellingham. Dave feels strongly about supporting Veteran’s and has donated his time and resources to help Warrior Service. Dave enjoys several outdoor activities including trap shooting, upland bird hunting, fishing and riding his Harley. Dave says getting Veteran’s together and participating in outdoor activities is really a special. He feels very fortunate to be a volunteer at Warrior Service and looks forward to sharing his outdoor experience with Veteran’s especially those who have never had an opportunity to participate in these activities.
Blaze is an 8 year old English Setter who is a proud member of the Warrior. Service team. Most days you will find Blaze at Dave Koehler’s side at the sign shop or in the field. Blaze has had the opportunity to point and retrieve pheasants and other upland birds for Veteran’s in several states. Blaze moved to Washington from Woodsway Kennels in Illinois. Blaze likes to meet new people and really enjoys the attention he gets when he is with people. Blaze is looking forward to upcoming adventures in which he can use his special skills.
I escaped Southern California in the late 80’s and landed in Whatcom County, graduated at WWU in 1993, and have pretty much been self-employed ever since. I ran my own construction company through the 90’s and experienced a financially (big loss) unsuccessful 6 lot residential development that led me to change career paths starting April 15, 2000 as a Real Estate Broker.
I’ve always had a high regard for Military and Law Enforcement and feel extremely fortunate to have hooked up with David Libby and instantly was drawn to be involved and help his organization. Although I didn’t personally serve, I love what David said to me “You did your part working hard and paying taxes that ultimately paid for the work and sacrifice of those that did”. His gracious response was nice but I want to do more. Giving honor, respect and thanks to veterans is something I will always do. Warrior Services goes even further and helps vets and their families grow, heal and experience others serve them the way they served us.
Freedom isn’t free and I want to continue to be play a part in giving back to those that have given so much to help keep this amazing country we live in to stay the most Incredible nation in this world.
Jerry retired from the United States Navy in 2012. Having two beautiful daughters encouraged him to continue his education as a teacher. Along the way, he soon discovered the Vet Center Program. Faced with two passions of shaping young minds or aiding his fellow service members, he ultimately chose to continue serving the Veteran Community. After accepting a position at the Bellingham Vet Center, as the Outreach Specialist, it was not long before he met David Libby and became aware of Warrior Service. Quickly recognizing the value in what Warrior Service stood for and the opportunities it gave his fellow Veterans, he became an advocate. His ongoing focus is to assist any Veteran navigating their individual challenges and overcome them!
My name is Craig Hougen and I was born and raised in Whatcom county. I grew up in Everson Washington and got into construction after graduating from Nooksack Valley High School. I currently work for RAM Construction as a superintendent. I really do enjoy everything about construction and building things. In my off time I enjoy the outdoors as much as possible fishing and hunting. I grew up saltwater fishing with my Dad and continue to have a great passion for salmon fishing. I now enjoy taking my wife and kids fishing and hiking out in the islands. I am an active member of the Bellingham Puget Sound Angles (PSA) and help put on their annual fishing derby. I love sharing my passion with others and enjoy the beauty of our San Juan Islands. I met David and learned of Warrior Services when I was introduced to him by the President of Salmon For Soldiers Randy Shelton. I was working with Randy trying to arrange a Bellingham Salmon For Soldiers event. He had David come to one of our PSA club meetings and agreed to have us work something out together. As I have never served in the military, being a part of Warrior Services seems like a great way to give back to the veterans who serve in our armed forces. We truly appreciate their service which protects the freedoms we are able to enjoy
I retired after a 41 year carrier that included service in in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and Boeing. I have been with with Warrior Service since the beginning. Sitting in Dave's garage discussing the need for an organization to help Veteran's in new and more meaningful ways. Being a disabled Veteran myself and familiar with our needs, it is important to give back, helping our brothers and sisters find their way home. This is how I want to spend my retirement, helping my Veteran family.