Meet the Team - We are veterans helping veterans!

MAJ JOHN T. SCHWENT, JR., USMC (Ret)

Founder / Executive Director

JSchwent@CampValorOutdoors.org

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.

Education:

Master of Science, Information Systems, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

Master of Business Administration, Webster University

Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance, University of Memphis

Memberships: 

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 Operating Officer

DLoring@CampValorOutdoors.org

Denise retired after 29+ years in the Army working as a logistician. She is focused on the operations of CVO and the fundraising mission. Our wounded/injured/ill veterans are provided all of the equipment needed for hunting/fishing/shooting through Camp Valor Outdoors. Denise reaches out at the local level veterans for grass roots exposure to inform local communities of what is available through CVO. She provides our staff with the construct to be able to reach out anywhere across the US to veterans of all generations and all services. 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 on the International Rifle team. In 1994 she transitioned from active duty to the US Army Reserve where 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.

2018 US National Team for 300M competing in the ISSF World Shooting Championships, Changwon,
Republic of Korea

2016 Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), National Trophy Individual Match – High Woman

Presidents Hundred
CMP Distinguished Rifle Badge
NRA Distinguished Smallbore 3-Position
US Armbrust Association Distinguished Crossbow Award

DAN DUITSMAN, USMC (Vet)

Shooting Sports Program Director

DDuitsman@CampValorOutdoors.org

Dan Duitsman has served 3 years in the Army National Guard and 17 years in the Marine Corps before he was medically seperated.  During this time, he served with Marine Corps Security Force company, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, 1st intelligence Battalion, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, and Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico VA.  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. 

From 2015 - 2017 Dan served as a coach for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Shooting Team.

His shooting accolades include: 

- Distinguished Rifleman 2001

- Ten National High Power Rifle Individual Championships

- Eight National High power Rifle Team Championships

- Five National Records (Three individual and one team)

- Seven State High Power Rifle Individual Championships

- Two Regional High Power Rifle Championship

 

DWAYNE LEWIS, USAR (Ret)

Shooting Sports Deputy Director

Dlewis@CampValorOutdoors.org

 Dwayne Lewis has served 29 years collectively in the Army and Army Reserve.  During this time, he served as an infantryman and held several collateral duties to include a competitive shooting team member with Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU), Army Reserve shooting team member, a chief small arms weapons instructor, and sniper instructor.

Throughout Dwayne’s career, he has helped instruct and train over 15,000 soldiers in firearms related training.  He has also developed training techniques, programs of instructions, and implemented the use of various new technologies in support of firearms training.

As a competitive shooter with AMU and the reserve shooting team, Dwayne has also assisted in the coaching and training of more than 20 junior air rifle clinics and even more clinics working with disabled veterans.  Dwayne has competed and received the President’s 100-tab, distinguished rifleman’s badge, and distinguished pistol shot badge.  His accolades also include being a team member of several winning team matches with AMU, the Army reserve shooting team, and Camp Valor Outdoors.  He now uses his many years of experience with the Army to train and coach disabled veterans throughout the country.

 

JIM MAUER, USAR (Ret)

Business Procurement, Director

Jim.Mauer@gmail.com

 

MARTY BONGERS, USMC (Vet)

Fundraising Delevlopment, Director

Marty.Bongers@icloud.com

 
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