United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA) is an all volunteer 501(c)(3)non-profit wish granting charity that specializes in sending critically ill and disabled youth and disabled veterans on the outdoor adventure of their dreams! USSA adventures give our youth and veterans something to look forward to, and help sustain them in their time of need! Families are whisked away from the mundane, man-made world of hospitals, and high medical bills by giving them a place of peace to focus on the quality of life, family ties, and the wonders of our natural world! USSA is composed of a 100% volunteer staff from all walks of life, bonded together by a common love for our fellow mankind and a deep respect and appreciation of our world's natural resources. By working cooperatively with caring "Adventure" donors as well as generous individual and corporate sponsors, USSA has made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of children, disabled veterans and their families. The public's image of all sportsmen is enhanced, through this valuable community service and new lifelong friendships are made! To learn more about the charity please view 'About USSA' page.
Dean O'Brien - Minnesota State Representative
Dean has been happily married to Deb for almost 29 years with two sons 26 and 24 years old. Dean has a very close knit family with 7 brothers and sisters who have jumped on board to help him operate USSA’s MN chapter. He grew up in a construction family Columbia Heights, MN and learned to be a handyman and jack of all trades from his father. He graduated from Columbia Heights Sr. High in 1978.
He went to Anoka Technical Collage and became an auto mechanic in 1980. He worked as a mechanic and service manager until 1986. That's when he quit the auto business to stay home and raise his two sons and started up a taxidermy business.
Dean suffered a near fatal gunshot wound to the chest by another deer hunter in 1988 which made a great impact on his life. It was not long afterwards he became a hunter safety instructor.
Since April 2010 Dean O’Brien has been the USSA MN Representative. Dean has been involved with a lot of different nonprofit and charity organizations over the years. He served on the board for the MN Taxidermy Guild for the past 6 years. He started the Lakes Chapter of the MN Deer Hunters Association 19 years ago in Forest Lake. He has been President, Vice president, board member in that chapter and also a member of the Forest Lake Sportsmen's Club. Dean and friends run a mentoring program at the club teaching youth about archery. While being a Firearm Safety Instructor for almost 13 years he also teaches a class of 30 to70 kids each summer at the Forest Lake High School.
Last summer he put on his first youth event for USSA in MN. It was at the Forest Lake Sportsmen's Club where he had an attendance of 120 children plus their parents. The special kids got to shoot 22's, archery, and shotguns. Dean said,”90% of the kids never shot a gun before”. The families said it was one of the most fun events they ever experienced. There were many other attractions going on that day but that was the highlights. There was one on one instruction with every child to help them learn to shoot and be safe. The parents are also part of the events. Last fall Dean had 14 MN children bear hunting in WI; ten of them harvesting a bear. Some of the children also went on deer and turkey hunts.
Dean also took on the role of lining up taxidermists to donate free mountings for each child. Dean said, "Because many of the families know me, when the children asked me if I would do their mount for them, I couldn't let them down. I did 6 free bear mounts and 3 deer mounts so far for the kids”. Normally it can take a year to get a mount done but Dean worked late hours every day to make sure he had the mounts all done by Christmas for the kids. He delivered them just before Christmas and the kids all had a big surprise Christmas morning. Dean said, "Hopefully it put a smile on their faces and gave them some special memories”.
Dean added, "I feel most of us have years yet to live and a lot of experiences still ahead. Some of the USSA children don't. My goal is to create as many memories for the critically ill and disabled children and their families as possible in the short time some of them may have. No matter what the illness, we want to make the child be the center of attention and feel like a kid without a disability or life threatening illness. The child can forget their problems and we can also help take a little stress from the parents, even if it's for just a day”.
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Group Turkey Hunts - 2015
With spring fast approaching, it is time to sign up for one of USSA’s 2015 group turkey hunting events. March 20-22nd, the John Le Master’s Memorial and USSA will be holding its annual group turkey hunt for six youth with special needs near Jones, Alabama. In addition, the Shadows on the Wolf and USSA will be holding its annual group turkey hunt for ten special kids near Caroline, WI on March 27-29th. Rock River NWTF chapter and USSA will be holding its annual turkey hunt near Oregon, IL for ten special youth on April 3-5th. USSA’s Junction City Chapter will be holding their annual turkey hunt April 10-12th for eight veterans and seventeen kids and adults with special needs. Finally, the Cedar River Longbeards will be sponsoring their annual USSA turkey hunt in Stewartville, MN on May 8-10. These events all have limited enrollment, so don’t delay, sign up now! For more detailed information, please view the individual event brochures under 'Upcoming Events.' We’ll see you there!
Group Fishing Event - 2015
As the spring turkey hunts winds down; USSA fishing events kick into gear. On April 30th USSA will hold a 2 child event at Glasgow, KY. Up next, we will host a 25 family fishing trip on Guntersville, AL. USSA will then hold its annual Lake Michigan Salmon fishing event on June 12th for 18 families in Algoma, and 12 families in Port Washington on June 20th. The following week we are pleased to announce USSA will hold its inaugural New York Fishing Event for up to 15 families! Finally USSA will host its 12th annual ‘Summerfest’ event from July 16th to the 19th for up to 150 families. These events are also limited enrolment, so don’t delay and sign up as soon as possible, and mark your calendars! View the brochures under 'Upcoming Events.'
Our primary mission is to positively affect the recreational and commercial deer industry as well as our national hunting and fishing heritage. We believe solid scientific conservation principles must be applied in order to preserve our wildlife resource for the next generation. As past history has confirmed; a joint effort of both the recreational and commercial deer industries will provide the best solution for tomorrow's generation of hunters. In addition, hunting, fishing, and farming of all kinds have suffered unprecedented attacks from animal activism. We are committed to silencing the shrill, uninformed voice of the animal extremist who stands in the way of our vision. Bio-Tec's mission is to promote, unite and facilitate that vision to the best of our abilities and resources!
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USSA is a registered 501(c)(3) national organization; 100% volunteer based. Your "Donation" is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Whether you are a business, an organization, a foundation, a governmental agency, outfitter, landowner, or a private citizen looking to make a difference, USSA has an "option" to make your involvement simple AND rewarding!
Our Sponsor's dollars help USSA meet its numerous operational expenses in addition to playing a greater role in large scale group events. Sponsorship dollars also subsidize travel expenses for our "recipients" to and from the field, license fees, taxidermy expense, and game processing.
II. Donors and Partners
USSA Donors are the "field generals" of our charity. These are the people and operations that are on the front lines, donating hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, and water sports adventures to our nations less fortunate sportsmen and women. Our donors are a diverse group. They are our country's land owner's outfitters, preserve owners, fishing lodge owners, boat owners and campground owners to name a few examples. Without their generosity and compassion, USSA would be just another charity. If you have any "outdoor type" service you would like to offer please let us know. If you have any unique outdoor experience you would like to offer, please let us know, and we will post your special opportunity under one of our homepage adventure buttons called "Other Activities". We will then help coordinate the wish for you and your recipient.
Our USSA Partners are organizations and operations that share a common cause and philosophy about human dignity, conservation, and outdoor sports. Partners can contribute valuable services, like media and communications or intangibles like providing a united solid front on key conservation, education and sportsmanship issues. If you would like to become a partner and be listed on our web site, please contact us at: "Contact USSA"
Partner, Donor, Sponsor and Member support is essential to promoting a new era of outdoor sports for the 21st century. A united voice with ALL concerned operations and organizations is crucial to see the mission to a successful end.
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American Outdoor Adventure
American Outdoor Adventure is an e-magazine written solely by recipients, mentors, donors, volunteers, and staff about their participation in USSA events. Within these short stories, the writer shares their personal ‘Outdoor Adventure’ with people around the world while encouraging them to live their outdoor dream. Please feel free to submit your story and pictures by mail or email for the upcoming issue in March 2015.
Memory Lane Scrapbook
Memory Lane Scrapbook is an online Scrapbook where anyone involved with USSA can capture their special moment, and share with people around the world. You are cordially invited to submit your articles, photographs, poems, awards, and so forth for publishing by email or writing to USSA. It is truly heartwarming to remember and share the great memories we had on our journey of life.