Veterans Action Leadership Project is a nonprofit organization working to create a supportive veterans community through outdoor adventure recreation.
The Veterans Action Leadership Program is the flagship program of the Call to Duty Foundation. The Call to Duty Foundation was rooted in efforts to establish a far reaching collegiate support system for veterans at Idaho State University in 2008 and 2009. Call to Duty was established as a charitable foundation in Yavapai County, Arizona in July 2009. The Foundation became an incorporated charitable non-profit entity (attaining its 501c3 status) in February 2010. Renowned mountaineer and outdoor educator Thomas Whittaker has been acting as the non-profit's executive director since its outset.
The Action Leadership Project will primarily utilize an outdoor recreation model known as Common Adventure. The Common Adventure model was developed at universities in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s and 1980s by Gary O. Grimm and Ronald Watters. Currently similar programs operate on more than 30 college campuses nationwide and serve as the primary model for the majority of informal social outing clubs throughout the United States.
Tom Whittaker’s pioneering Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoors Group (C.W. HOG) serves as the primary delivery model for the ALP. The C.W. HOG has a thirty year record of success at Idaho State University. The program combines formal traditional guided outdoor recreation, a resource center for participants, and facilitation of common adventure experiences.