Who We Are
Darby’s Warrior Support Inc. (DWS)-EIN# 46-5207131- is a domestic, IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation created on May 16, 2014, in the state of Arkansas.
In the closing days of a recent Arkansas duck season, four US Army Rangers freshly returned from combat in Afghanistan had just experienced a glorious morning duck hunting in Arkansas flooded timber.
As they sat around the breakfast table basking in the warm glow of the morning’s camaraderie and success, their thoughts turned toward their wounded comrades who couldn’t participate. Then a powerful idea surfaced.
One asked, “Might what we have just experienced in the flooded timber be a way to bring healing to our wounded Ranger buddies?” Then and there, and in the discussions that followed, Darby’s Warrior Support (DWS) was conceived.
The vision was simple: Using Southern hospitality, in the outdoor beauty of the Natural State, all within the lure of the great tradition of waterfowling, create a program to “Provide compassionate healing support to our nation’s combat-injured veterans.”
What We Do
The DWS Mission is to provide combat veterans of the 9/11 Generation free, all-inclusive Arkansas duck hunting in luxury accommodations, while also providing educational scholarship assistance for the severely wounded and permanently disabled veteran seeking a college degree.
Although all 9/11 generation combat veterans are eligible, the DWS' primary target population is US Army Rangers, the world’s most elite infantry force.
Rangers are role model Soldiers – mentally, morally, and physically – who use their minds as well as bodies to make sound judgments, reasoned decisions, and ultimately, to never quit. Rangers demonstrate discipline both on and off duty, and their Regimental standards are enduring.
DWS shares and operates by the Ranger values. We are professionals serving professionals. Our motto, borrowed from the Ranger Creed, is “Never shall I fail my comrades.” To understand what makes Rangers unique is to understand the uniqueness of DWS.
The Arkansas values of rugged individualism, hard work, patriotism and love of the outdoors makes the Natural State the perfect location for DWS. These Arkansas values make it possible for DWS to operate almost totally with volunteers and without paid staff.