BOB CRAIN, CW-2 (VETERAN), U.S. ARMY
President and Founder of Arrows For Heroes. Bob is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot in 1968 - 1969. Bob is a graduate Texas Christian University with a MBA degree in Marketing and Management. Bob also has a BBA degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Bob has 35+ years experience as a business executive in private and public companies. Bob is a service connected disabled veteran with PTSD and Parkinson's. He created the Arrows For Heroes organization after experiencing personally the benefit of engaging in an archery recreational program for disabled veterans.
GREG QUARLES, SFC (RET), U.S. ARMY
Executive Director, Chapter Development
Greg is a retired career U.S. Army Ranger who has served his Country for over 20+ years with 8 combat deployments. With two Purple Hearts and many other distinguished commendations, Greg is an esteemed representative of the highest caliber of the American veteran. Greg has worked hard to come back from his mental and physical combat injuries to become an inspiration for all veterans with service connected disabilities. It was in October, 2014 that an adaptive sports therapist introduced Greg to Archery. Since then Greg has become an accomplished competitor in Archery competitions including making the U.S. Army Warrior Team, representing the Army in the West Point, NY 2016 DOD Warrior Games. He also went on to compete in the 2016 South East Valor Games hosted in North Carolina where he won the Gold Medal in seated Archery (as well as seated volley ball and air rifle). In Greg's own words he states "Being able to compete in adaptive sports has been a life saver for me. It lets me give back and have that edge I lost when injured". Learn more about Greg's valiant military career and his steely determination to recover from his combat wounds by reading his biography.
LAURA JEANNE, CW-3 (VETERAN), U.S. ARMY
Laura is a U.S. Army veteran who distinguished herself by becoming an exceptional U. S. Army aviator. Starting her Army career as a UH-60 Blackhawk Crew Chief, she set her sites on becoming a helicopter pilot. In 1983 Laura got accepted to go through the tough U.S. Army Rotary Wing Flight School receiving her U.S. Army Aviator wings in August 1984. As one of the U.S. Army's pioneer female Army Aviators, Laura went on in 1990 to serve in the Desert Storm conflict. As a combat UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot Laura piloted many missions in both Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Laura served her Country with distinction for 10 years as an accomplished U.S. Army rotary wing aviator rising to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3. She never stopped studying and by the end of her Army Aviation career she earned a BS Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Aeronautics. Laura wasn't introduced to archery therapy until just four years ago. Despite her challenges being a wheel-chaired veteran, in these last four years Laura has come to love the sport and its therapeutic value. In fact, Laura's archery skills have reached such a proficient level that she now competes and medals in many challenging adaptive sports archery competitions. She brings to Arrows For Heroes a truly valuable insight into working with paraplegia and quadriplegia wheel-chaired veterans interested in enjoying the sport of archery.
RON BURNS, SSGT (RET), U.S. AIR FORCE
Ron is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in the Desert Storm era. Because of serious head injuries he suffered in the 1996 Khobar Barracks terrorist bombing, Ron was medically retired as a Staff Sargent after serving over 12 years in the USAF. Today, Ron works hard at his recovery despite suffering from a severe stroke caused by the bombing and his Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Before his combat injury, Ron was close to graduating with an Associates Degree in Communications-Computers Systems. Ron is the first to tell you how much his Archery therapy has helped him in his recovery efforts. He has developed a love for the sport and actively participates in disabled veteran archery competitions. He brings an impassioned perspective to those veterans dealing with their injuries.
GLEN CLARK, SSGT (VETERAN), U.S. AIR FORCE
Glen was a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1977 to 1985, serving as a paramedic. Upon discharge he was hired as a correctional officer at the United States Penitentiary in Lompoc, California. In pursuing his successful career, Glen eventually worked is way up to the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain. He retired in 2007 after 30 years of federal service. Glen is very passionate about helping disabled veterans in any way he can. In addition to his perspective from that of a veteran with medical experience, Glen also brings to Arrows For Heroes a highly professional level of management, administrative and organizational skills.