ABOUT US

The Founders of Camp Hero

Rocco and Lauren Besednjak are lifelong public servants.   Lauren is currently a Registered Nurse, and has been living her dream of working with children for over 15 years. Rocco spent over 4 years in the US Navy, before he was medically retired due to becoming disabled. Not wanting to stop serving, Rocco served as a police officer, for over seven years, before he was forced to retire, due to spinal injuries after being intentionally dragged and ran over by a wanted felon.   However, Rocco’s drive to continue serving, allowed him to convince Lauren to acquire a beautiful piece of property in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky.  Appropriately named Camp Hero, Rocco wanted  to be able to provide retreats, hunting trips, camping trips, and outdoor experiences for other wounded veterans and first responders.  During his early stages of being treated for service-connected PTSD, Depression and Anxiety (that were tied to his physical injuries) Rocco was able to find the organization, Kentucky Wounded Heroes (KWH), which also provides outdoor experiences for wounded veterans and first responders.  Through experiences with KWH, Rocco was able to fully understand the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors, in nature, and being around like minded people.  Rocco wanted the non-profit to be able to continue on this idea, and provide a location to be able to help other wounded heroes heal, and grow our heroes of the future. 

Types of activities at Camp Hero

Camp Hero provides 3-4 day getaways for wounded veterans and first responders, to allow them to be able to enjoy the tranquility of the Appalachian Mountain outdoors, while being able to talk and fellowship with other wounded heroes.  All lodging and food is provided from the non-profit, through donations.  The uniqueness of Camp Hero allows heroes to hike, explore caves, wade creeks, ride ATVs, enjoy watching the abundance of wildlife, sit around a campfire, or even do some hunting (season permitting).  Camp Hero also has events for children, teaching outdoor skills, and mentoring them, so they can become the heroes of the future. 

Come Heal With Us

If you, or someone that you know, is a wounded veteran, or wounded first responder, please contact us, so we can heal together.  Not all wounds are visible, and the physical wounds most times have non-visible ones that go with them.  Healing on the inside is just as important as healing on the outside.  Our Non-profit will help our wounded veterans and first responders, while enjoying God’s outdoors.

CAMP HERO TESTIMONIAL

A disabled combat veteran gives his testimony, on how Camp Hero has helped him. 

 

CAMP HERO

Just a small glimpse of Camp Hero, and what we have to offer. 

 
 

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to help wounded heroes fellowship and heal, and also help us support and mentor upcoming heroes. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

Meet Our Team

Rocco and Lauren Besednjak
Rocco and Lauren Besednjak
Founders and Directors
Rocco and Lauren Besednjak are lifelong public servants. Lauren is currently a Registered Nurse and has been living her dream of working with children for over 15 years. Rocco spent over 4 years in the US Navy, before he was medically retired due to becoming disabled. Not wanting to stop serving, Rocco served as a police officer, for over seven years, before he was forced to retire, due to spinal injuries after being intentionally dragged and ran over by a wanted felon. However, Rocco’s drive to continue serving, allowed him to convince Lauren to acquire a beautiful piece of property in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky. Appropriately named Camp Hero, Rocco wanted to be able to provide retreats, hunting trips, camping trips, and outdoor experiences for other wounded veterans and first responders. During his early stages of being treated for service-connected PTSD, Depression and Anxiety (that were tied to his physical injuries) Rocco was able to find the organization, Kentucky Wounded Heroes (KWH), which also provides outdoor experiences for wounded veterans and first responders. Through experiences with KWH, Rocco was able to fully understand the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors, in nature, and being around like-minded people. Rocco wanted the non-profit to be able to continue on this idea and provide a location to be able to help other wounded heroes heal and grow our heroes of the future.
Daniel Haydon
Daniel Haydon
Founding Director
My name is Daniel Haydon. I graduated Bullitt East High School in 1997 and ITT Technical Institute in 2001. With an associate degree in applied science (AutoCad and drafting) I worked for several years as a draftsman. After a few years of working in that field I moved to automotive manufacturing where I worked in Quality Control and was elected by my peers to represent them as a steward then our union’s financial secretary. I worked there for almost a decade before meeting the love of my life. I left that company so I could move to Southern Indiana to be with her. We have now been married for over ten years and have two wonderful children. A few years after settling down in Indiana I began to work for a tech company near our home. I have held several positions within the company and currently work in their Engineering Service Group. Back in the early months of 2018 the founder of Camp Hero Kentucky (Rocco) asked me if I’d help him take a medically retired police officer turkey hunting. I never even hesitated and jumped at the opportunity. It was a great trip and the bonds that were formed ignited a new passion for me and that is helping serve those that have served for us. After a few more similar trips Camp Hero Kentucky was born and it has been a wonderful journey. We seem to be growing and setting new goals every day. I am so excited for our organization’s future and the positive impact we will continue to have on our peers in within our community.
Mike Poynter
Mike Poynter
Director of Nature Immersion
Michael Poynter has managed operations and led emergency personnel in environments of all types throughout his 40 year’s public service. His experience spans all branches of Emergency Services including Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, and the Fire Service. During his tenure he has responded to hundreds of major incidents in all sectors and trained emergency responders from around the world in their related fields. Mike served as a Tactical Paramedic with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Weapons and Tactics Team and a Flight Paramedic at a Level 1 Trauma Center for twenty years and was involved in many duties including those in special operations, training, and aviation overseeing Emergency Services Responders. Mike served ten years as state director for Emergency Medical Services, Advisory Board Member for Emergency Medical Services World Magazine, Advisory Board Member for the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence, Board of Directors for the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials, and Commissioner for the American College of Paramedic Executives. Mike has just completed a 4-year term on the Board of Directors for the FBI’s InfraGard National Members Alliance. Mike has been published in numerous peer and trade journals and has spoken at over thirty regional, national, and international conferences. Mike has also been inducted into the Cave City, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. He resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and 2 children.
Matthew Holmes
Matthew Holmes
Director of Maintenance and Equipment
Served in the US Army for 20+ years. While in the Army I served as an Infantryman, M1 Abrams Crewman, Ammunition Specialist, Heavy Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic, Small Arms Master Gunner Instructor and an Operation NCO.
Caleb Stephens
Caleb Stephens
Founding Director
Hello, I am Caleb Stephens, one of the Founding Directors of Camp Hero. My involvement began in 2019 under a live oak tree in Central, Florida guiding Camp Hero Founder/Owner Rocco Besednjak on an Osceola Turkey Hunt. I have been a professionally licensed hunting guide for almost 10 years across North America and now sell real estate in the State of Florida where I reside. The fellowship and ideas shared by this company are truly for the emotional, physical, and overall health of our nations Hero’s. Our purpose is to serve and connect these amazing men and women through the outdoors and through our community of volunteers that share similar stories and passions to help bring healing to all involved.
Johnny Estes
Johnny Estes
Safety Director
My name is Johnny Estes and I am a Sergeant/EMT for the Shepherdsville Fire Department. I’ve been a career firefighter since 2012. I have a background in specialized rescue disciplines and auto mechanics. I enjoy working around my fellow service members and first responders to create an environment where everyone can relax and enjoy the outdoors.

We look forward to hearing from you!!!

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