The success of Camp Valor Outdoors' mission is due to the highly-trained, experienced, and dedicated volunteers.
Maj John T. Schwent, Jr., USMC (Ret)
Founder / Executive Director
John is the Founder and Executive Director of Camp Valor Outdoors, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that assists wounded veterans. Founded in January 2013 and located in Kingsville, MO, Camp Valor Outdoors mission is to assist and reconnect ill, injured, and wounded veterans throughout the healing process through adaptive competitive outdoor activities to include guided hunting, fishing, shooting, archery, riding ATVs, and attending sports venues. Since its inception in 2013, the organization has assisted over 1000 warriors and family members while currently operating in 14 states. The organization operates with a 100 % volunteer Staff and Board and provided these events FREE for ill, injured, and wounded veterans.
John served nearly 23 years of active duty service in the United States Marine Corps. He was enlisted for the first 11 years attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant and served the last 12 years as an Officer retiring as a Major in December 2008. His last duty assignment was in Kansas City, MO as the Deputy Director, Marine Corps Total Force Systems, Headquarters Marine Corps. Since 2008, John has served in several capacities to include Vice President of Operations for a national manufacturing company as well as the Chief Executive Officer for Iron County Hospital in Pilot Knob, MO, where John retired from in May 2012 to devote more of his time to serving veterans.
From 2010-2014, John served as the Head Coach, Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Shooting Team having won 65 out of 90 medals over four Warrior Games – which is a Para-Olympic style competition for all the military services. Since 2016, John has been serving as the Head Coach, Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Wounded Warrior Shooting Team.
John also serves on Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler’s Military Advisory Council.
Master of Science, Information Systems, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
Master of Business Administration, Webster University
Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, University of Memphis
Warrensburg American Legion Post 131, Holden VFW Post 5844, Kansas City AMVETS Post 181, Kansas
City DAV Post 2, Warsaw Marine Corps League, Kansas City Heart of America Chapter MOAA, & Life Member NRA.
Col Denise Loring, USA (Ret)
Chief Operations Officer
Denise retired after 29+ years in the Army working as a logistician. She is focused on fundraising and equipment donations for the hunting/fishing/shooting events, which is available to wounded/injured/ill veterans through Camp Valor Outdoors. She provides outreach for veterans and grass root exposure to inform local communities of what is available through CVO.
Denise brings competitive rifle experience to the team for high power rifle, small-bore, and air rifle. She fired with the United States Army Marksmanship Unit for two tours of duty with International Rifle. She fired as a member of the United States Army Reserve Team for International Rifle, Combat, and Service Rifle. Upon retirement she fired one year with the VA State High Power Rifle Team before being recruited to serve with Camp Valor Outdoors.
She provides coaching to veteran shooters coming on the team and continues to compete at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
Shooting Sports Program Director
Dan Duitsman has served 17 years in the Marine Corps. During this time, he served with Marine Corps Security Force company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, 1st intelligence Battalion, 2nd Battalion 4th, and Weapons Training Battalion. He has several deployments to include Ar Ramadi Iraq in 2004. His billets include serving as a designated marksman, infatry squad leader, infantry unit leader, marksmanship coach, small arms marksmanship instructor, marksmanship program manager, and Marine Corps shooting teams Instructor/Competitor.
While serving with the shooting team, he has attended and competed in numerous local, state, regional, and National Rifle Championship matches. Dan now uses his experience to instruct and coach veterans on competitive shooting as a means of therapy for our warriors with Camp Valor Outdoors. During his time with the shooting team;
- Distinguished Rifleman 2001
- Eight National High Power Rifle Individual Championships
- Seven National High power Rifle Team Championships
- Two National Records (One individual and one team)
- Six State High Power Rifle Individual Championships
- Two Regional High Power Rifle Championship
- Thirteen Inter-service High Power Rifle Championships
Pistol Team, Head Coach
Mick spent 35 years in the Navy (1981 – 2016) and has been working with Camp Valor Outdoors since early 2017.
Mick started out by enlisting in the Navy as an Electronic Warfare (EW) Operator on the USS BRISCOE participated in the Grenada Campaign in 1983. He also deployed on the USS ESTOCIN and conducted operations in the Persian Gulf during the Iran/Iraq War in1985. He was then selected as Chief Petty Officer and Instructed EW Maintenance at NTTC Corry Station Pensacola, Fl 1987-1991. Mick's next command was the EW Supervisor on the USS BENJAMIN STODDERT and USS REUBEN JAMES where he conducted operations in the Western Pacific in 1993.
Mick earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of NY while attending night school and received his
commission as an Ensign in the Limited Duty Officer program as an Operations Technician in 1994. In 1995 he was the Tomahawk Strike Officer and Combat Information Center Officer aboard the USS
MISSISSIPPI and conducted Strike Operations into Bosnia. In 1997 he became the Tactical Training Instructor at Fleet Combat Training Center Atlantic.
Mick volunteered for Individual Augmentee (IA) tour to Fallujah, Iraq April 2006-March 2007 serving as Electronic Warfare Officer for I MEF (Forward) and conducted security patrols throughout Al Anbar Province and teaching Marines how to employ Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) equipment, earned Bronze Star and second combat Action ribbon. He was later the Combat Systems Officer aboard Super Carrier USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER and conducted operations in Persian Gulf and anti-piracy operations off Somalia 2010-2012.
As a collateral duty, Mick shot as a competitor with the US Navy Marksmanship Team (USNMT) since 1995. He served as the Match Director for the Atlantic Fleet matches from 2003-2006 and became the first USNMT Officer in Charge in 2007 and continued to serve until retirement in November 2016. He earned the Navy Distinguished Rifle Marksman Badge in 2003 and the Navy Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 2004. He has also placed in the Presidents 100 for Rifle in 2003 and Presidents 100 for Pistol in 2017.