Steve James is a big man with a big heart. He is the founder and president of Veterans In the Outdoors, a new, non-profit organization dedicated to giving veterans an opportunity to experience the enjoyment of a hunting or fishing experience.

Steve James is a big man with a big heart. He is the founder and president of Veterans In the Outdoors, a new, non-profit organization dedicated to giving veterans an opportunity to experience the enjoyment of a hunting or fishing experience.

James, 26, is originally from Benson. He now lives south of Montevideo and works as a supervisor at the Montevideo Jennie-O Turkey Store. He also happens to be a veteran.

James served in the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army from 2011-2014, and he served a tour in Afghanistan in 2012.

While in Afghanistan, he was severely injured by an exploding grenade that caused, among other injuries, a broken back. James recovered from his injuries in Afghanistan and continued to serve in the military until 2014.

When he returned to Minnesota, James began thinking of ways he could personally help other returning veterans. He saw how many veterans struggled to adjust to a normal life outside of the military.

“Over 22 veterans commit suicide every day,” James said. “I wanted to do something to help.”

James found inspiration in his enjoyment of time spent outdoors. “I’ve always loved the outdoors,” said James. “I grew up hunting and fishing, and I thought I could share my love of the outdoors with other veterans.”

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