The Mission of Shake, Rattle And Trolls Challenged America

Operation Challenged America
Project Challenged America
Project Challenged America

The mission of the SRTO Operation Challenged America Outreach Program is to offer veterans and or disabled veterans with physical, emotional and psychological conditions, an opportunity to learn saltwater fishing skills and techniques while enjoying the saltwater fishing experience aboard our motor vessel Challenged America.  Challenged America is a  twin diesel engine 42’ Grand Banks Trawler, equipped with handicap boarding gate and ramp into the salon with an Aft head to provide sanitation facilities to accommodate a wheel chair or walker assistance type devices. Challenged America is crewed by an experienced saltwater Captain, crew and expert anglers catering to the veterans to maximize their saltwater fishing experience.

Operation Challenged America is modeled after the SRTO Our Warriors on the Water bass boat-fishing program and our participation with Heroes on the Water kayak fishing program, getting our veterans on the water to learn bass fishing skills and techniques. The value of these missions provides life skill experiences not known or that have been forgotten from times past or childhood memories. We present a stress free environment and circumstance that allows the veteran to re calibrate their thoughts with positive influences distracting from the negative experiences and mind set they may be harboring.

How Challenged America Got Started

Don McDowell
Don McDowell

Challenged America was a brainstorm by Don McDowell in 2013 to provide our veterans with alternatives to post-war traumatic issues preventing them from participating in activities the rest of us take for granted.  Don’s interest in disabled veterans began over 15 years ago as an outcropping from his radio show Shake, Rattle & Troll and although he is a tournament pro fisherman, his passion is for our veterans.

With that passion for the sea, the mission of the Shake, Rattle & Troll Operation Challenged America Outreach Program is to offer veterans and disabled veterans an opportunity to learn saltwater fishing skills and techniques while enjoying the experience aboard The Grand Banks, Challenged America.

When Will Project Challenged America Be Completed?

PROJECT GOAL:  To complete the restoration by July 2017 and to begin scheduling “Trips for Tuna” on or before September 1, 2017.  Your support is needed to keep this project on schedule and for continued funding for your disabled veterans.

Contact Don McDowell


Challenged America

SRT Outdoors Inc.

501 C3 Non Profit-EIN 46-5769004

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Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations. In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.

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