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Salmon for Soldiers is a registered non-profit charity, established in 2013, whose mission is “to offer a sense of normalcy and relaxation to our nation's Veterans through fishing.” The simple act of fishing allows them to relax, enter into new relationships and to learn how fishing can benefit them for a day or a lifetime. Salmon for Soldiers events are designed to accommodate veterans with paralysis, PTSD, TBI and other debilitating challenges. Each year over 400 veterans are given the opportunity to fish with local guides and volunteer boaters through Salmon for Soldiers. 

Meet Samuel Church

Salmon for Soldiers New Operations Officer


Sam was born and raised in Lewiston, Idaho on July 5, 1981. Growing up Sam was in Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout. Sam has always been an outdoors person spending time  hunting, camping, fishing and shooting. 


Sam joined the Marine Corps on July 17, 2000 as an infantry rifleman. He was deploying multiple times for combat and training. On October 13, 2023 he retired from active duty.   After 23 years of honorable service Sam says he is grateful for everything the Marine Corps has provided for he and his family.  Thank you for your service Sam.


Sam's amazing wife Haley Church and he have been married for 20 years and have 5 children.  Sam says he couldn’t have asked for a better partner.  Haley raised the kids while he was constantly away training and deploying.  Haley and Sam plan to spend the next chapter of our lives traveling the United States and abroad catching up on lost time. 

We are pleased to have Sam with us.  

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2023 Has Been Fun

Salmon for Soldiers has extended it's outreach by adding two new volunteer outreach coordinators:  If you are interested in fishing with any of our Outreach Coordinators, go to the contact page and send us an email.

Northwest Washington Outreach Coordinator: Guy Lipsky

Guy is heading up fishing events in northwest Washington and has already hosted his first annual event in Sekiu in 2022.

Women Veteran Outreach Coordinator: Amy McNealy 
Amy is focusing her attention of the ladies who  have served our country.   Amy has lots of experience with women's fishing groups.
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Brothers In Arms Motor Cycle Club

On Saturday, July 10th, 2022 The Brothers In Arms Motor Cycle Club joined forces to conclude their fundraising drive for Salmon For Soldiers.  Together they raised over $5000.  A special thank you goes out to One Day, Bone Saw, Pipes and Buckles for their leadership on this cause.

Salmon for Soldiers is Now a Proud Member of NAVSO

Salmon for Soldiers

41 E Rhododendron Ln.

Union, WA 98592

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