We are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to making a long-term difference in helping veterans overcome homelessness and mental health challenges, all while honoring the Earth with sustainable building practices and respect for nature. We are implementing programs that empower psychological and physical well-being, provide job skills training and entrepreneurship, and promote environmental stewardship. It is a holistic approach used to impart a sense of self-sufficiency, re-establish pride and brotherhood, and help veterans reintegrate back into society from a place of familiarity and strength.
Our story begins in 2016 with Mr. Ryan Timmermans, then living in South Carolina, purchasing 50 acres in Carson, New Mexico. Since then, we have accomplished many milestones to help homeless veterans and promote eco-friendly living. Click "view full history" to see the events that have gotten us where we are today as well as current achievements.
OUR NEW HOME
(Carson, New Mexico)
Say hello to Veterans Off-Grid's new home! This gorgeous 50-acre property is on top of a south-facing hill ...
TRAVELING FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TO NEW MEXICO
A month ago I left South Carolina armed with a signed land purchase contract, my trusty dog Savannah, ...
BIRTH OF VETERANS OFF-GRID
(Taos, New Mexico)
Two years ago I began the first step in my journey to create an organization dedicated to helping ...
Our fantastic team of volunteers was brought together from a wide range of diverse backgrounds from veterans and non-veterans, blog writers, designers, consultants, strategists, as well as passionate individuals interested in giving back to veterans and protecting the environment.
Ryan is the brains of the entire movement. He served in the United States Army specializing in Psychological Operations and has multiple tours to Afghanistan, both as a soldier and contractor, under his belt. After suffering from PTSD with little help from the VA, he established Veterans Off-Grid to help fellow struggling veterans feel the pride of serving.
Chief Wohlers is a retired Army helicopter pilot who is passionate about veterans' health, wellness, alternative medicine, permaculture, and sustainable living in off-grid communities. Ryan attended The Earthship Academy in Taos, New Mexico to study biotecture and off-grid housing where he met VOG founder Ryan Timmermans. Mr. Wohlers has made veteran healing and empowerment his life's mission. He is currently studying nursing to facilitate this purpose. He is a proud father and enjoys spending time in nature. Ryan's certifications include PADI Open Water Dive Instructor (specialized in divers with disabilities), River Rafting Guide, Reiki Master (Level IV), Holographic Sound Healer, Military Survival Training (SERE-C), and Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA). Chief Wohlers believes Veterans Off-Grid is an innovative solution to the challenges we all face as veterans.
Jennifer is a writer, yogini, Reiki energy worker, and mother of three boys. She first became involved with Veterans Off-Grid in the Fall of 2017 when she wrote a story about Ryan Timmermans and his mission to help veterans in Taos, New Mexico's blog magazine, LiveTaos.com. Since then she came on board to promote Fundraising and Community Outreach. As a Yoga teacher and Reiki energy adept she is deeply connected with holistic approaches to healing trauma and making a difference for a better world through community, awareness, and sustainability.
Colby is a former United States Marine Corps Corporal specializing in military intelligence. After an honorable discharge, he served as a federal contractor in Afghanistan where he became acquainted with Ryan Timmermans. Following two tours in the sandbox, he lived in Germany for a year to decompress and experience his ancestral heritage. Later, he became employed in Nebraska working for the government; however, he again moved to his home in Kansas City to pursue higher education at Kansas University focusing on environmental studies, sustainability, and project management. With Veterans Off-Grid, Colby serves as content manager, blog writer, and serves on the Board of Directors.
We're pleased to be working alongside our partners in the fight against veteran homelessness as well as spreading the word about environmental concerns and new ideas on how to serve our veterans and the environment.