Operation Outdoor Freedom

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Sponsored by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, “Operation Outdoor Freedom” provides wounded veterans with the outdoor activities that they enjoy at no cost. Designated state and agricultural lands throughout Florida grant these veterans unique opportunities for recreation and rehabilitation. The Florida Forest Service, within the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, has provided hundreds of veterans with the “Operation Outdoor Freedom” experience, and Commissioner Putnam encourages veterans who qualify to register for upcoming events. Explore the website to learn more about this outstanding program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A service-connected disability rating of 30% or greater from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Or Purple Heart recipient

Upcoming Events

Please visit the  Operation Outdoor Freedom Event Registration System for the current schedule of events. Note: The registration system requires Internet Explorer version 9 or later, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.


Operation Outdoor Freedom
Florida Forest Service
Florida Department of Agriculture
170 Century Blvd.
Bartow, FL  33830

Ned L. Waters
State Program Coordinator
(863) 578-1893 Office

David C. Hunt
Assistant State Program Coordinator
(863) 578-1894 Office 


For media inquiries regarding Operation Outdoor Freedom, please call (850) 617-7737 or email  Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com.

Our Participating Partners

Wounded Warrior Project