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Leslie VanDerau is an active outdoorsman, wife, Marine veteran, and mother. After providing 6 years of service with the Unites States Marines, Leslie and her husband, Troy, settled their 3 children in the small town of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. In the Spring of 2016 Leslie and Troy started the non-profit organization Heroes Outdoor Therapy. As a vet herself, Leslie saw a need for an organization that would provide transportation support for veterans participating in therapy based outdoor activities. There has been much research done on the beneficial effects of outdoor activities on PTSD, depression and the sense of isolation many returning soldiers face. After experiencing those beneficial effects herself, through participation in fishing and hunting trips, Leslie dedicated her time to helping others reap those rewards as well.
Now in its 3rd year of operation, HOT has helped over 100 veterans travel across the country to participate in outdoor activities. As the founder and spokesperson of HOT, Leslie has the opportunity to travel across the country participating in boar hunts, turkey hunts, catfish tournaments, and many other activities. Whether she is attending the function as a veteran herself, accompanying a female vet as a chaperone and guide, or simply attending to speak about HOT and raise funds to help others, Leslie has dedicated her life to not just enjoying the outdoor activities that have helped her, but to provide that opportunity to as many other veterans as she can through the efforts of her organization.
Leslie enjoys fishing for flathead catfish, hunting deer, and can always be found on the river for the trout opening each year.  For more information about HOT please visit their website www.heroesoutdoortherapy.org or visit their Facebook page and follow Leslie on Facebook and Instagram.
 
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