Self-storage building supplier Ron Raboud found a way to combine his love of hunting with a way to help repay injured war veterans. Wounded Warrior Outdoors Inc. provides hunting opportunities to military members who have been hurt in the course of duty.
An avid outdoorsman, Raboud has been hunting in the game-rich area of South-Central British Columbia for more than 20 years. “I never lose my desire to make several trips to this area every year,” says Raboud, CEO of The Rabco Corp., which provides pre-engineered metal buildings for the self-storage industry. His early-May trips always include a high-country mule deer hunt as well as a spring bear hunt.
About nine years ago, Raboud and Dave Wabnegger, owner of Otter Lake Guide Outfitters in Princeton, British Columbia, began donating one spot in their group’s annual hunt to a “special” hunter, often a youth with a life-altering or terminal illness. In 2009, the hunters decided to include a military veteran who had been wounded in battle.
U.S. Marine Blaine Scott was injured in 2006 when his light-armored vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device. He suffered severe burns and a shattered ankle, and endured 18 months of reconstructive surgeries and rehab. Despite his injuries, Scott joined Raboud’s group for its spring bear hunt. “Blaine displayed a tremendous attitude, infectious personality and tremendous work ethic,” Raboud says.
U.S. Marine Blaine Scott in Iraq.