Our history



It’s a powerful thing when life presents a journey that you knew nothing about. God is good and He is at the Helm of this  amazing adventure. Please join us on our journey.

How  We Got Started:

A little over a year ago, Bryan and I went to deliver water at a local homeless camp in Tucson Arizona. We had no idea that our lives would never be the same and forever changed.

The Day Bryan and I walked into that camp is when our journey began.

We loved it there. The camp was not perfect by any means. But it sheltered many Veterans and civilians that were homeless. This camp is the heart that brought Bryan and me on this journey. We would like to take this opportunity for you to see where it all stated.

This camp is no longer in operations. But a lot of past volunteers remain in close communication, as well as support the journey we have embarked on.

Bryan and I have Vision and Passion to build a Ranch life for Veterans. We aspire to help them to really come home. They took care of us when we needed them too. It’s time for civilians to give back. Open your hearts and get our Veteran men and women what they deserve. H.M. Shaw’s Veterans Ranch want to be their “Hand Up” Not a “Handout” You can help us do this by reaching out to us at shawsranch@gmail

Our activities are overseen by a group of well-qualified individuals. Our diverse staff members have ties to the community, and thus possess the unique ability to relate to the target demographic. Additionally, our Board of Directors is comprised of a professional group of talented individuals who are dedicated to committing their time and resources to building a stronger community.


The SHAW's

Father  Herbert M. Shaw

Mother  (Jeri) Geraldine Gertrude Shaw 

Son: Charles M. Shaw


Carol Leatherwood

Roxanne Thompson 

Constance Barns

Barbara Delaney

Also Featured in this Photo.  Tammi and Russ's Father Theodore D'Amico

Constance'S  Late husband Jake Thies 

Left to right:

Theodore D'Amico, Carol Leatherwwod

( Jeri ) Geraldine Shaw (Mother)

Charles Shaw United States Army

Constance (Connie Barns), Jake Thies

Barbara Delaney

Herbert M. Shaw (Unites states Army) (Father)

Roxanne Thompson


The founders of h.m. shaw's

Who Are We? 

  • Tammi and Bryan Thompson are the Founders of H.M. Shaw’s Veterans Ranch. 
  • We are a new 501(c)3 dedicated to creating a real veteran’s working Ranch here in Tucson AZ.

Our Experience 

  • Let’s call it OUR own Bootcamp… 
  • Bryan and I delivered water to a veteran / civilian homeless camp and never looked back. 
  • We started visiting on a regular basis, before we knew it we were at camp more than we were home. 
  • We were there through the heat, of the summer, and through the monsoons. The heat was devastating, this camp didn’t have running water or any place for the residents to cool down. 
  • Storms would destroy camp Bryan and I would help rebuild things such as tents and shelters, kitchen area clothing tent, the ground was like a swamp. Water pouring into the tents. 
  • Bryan is a talented craftsman. Making structures sounder, designing and crafting projects that helped make camp life easier. Bryan even built a small dog run for their dogs to keep them safe. 
  • The one thing that bothered us from day one was the fact that every time we left camp, sweaty, exhausted, and sore, we were able to go home, take a shower, put clean clothes on, turn our air down in the house, drink ice water, lay down in a comfortable bed to get a good night’s sleep. 
  • This is not what happened to the Veterans in this camp, Veterans laid on their cots under plastic in the storms, because their tents leaked. 
  • Veterans were taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion, and dehydration, and food poisoning for lack of health code in the kitchen. 
  • There wasn’t any structure, people did whatever they wanted, and it led to a lot of safety issues as well as accountability. 
  • Bryan and I on many occasions brought veterans home with us, I would feed them, do their laundry, they could take showers and sleep comfortably even if it were only for a night or two. At camp, they always had to be on guard. Not a good part of the neighborhood. 
  •  What we noticed was, when Bryan would build or repair things at camp, Veterans always wanted to help. Veterans looked forward to Bryan coming to camp, it didn’t take long until they would either fix something that needed to be repaired or they had a list of projects for them to do when we got there. 
  • The bonding over projects was incredible. The stories we were told, and the jokes they would tell, kept us fascinated and laughing. 
  • I would help with admin duties such as getting the information on how to retain identification, research questions they had, we would use my cell phone to set up appointments with DES, VA, Dr’s and court appointments. 
  • We would make sure they had a way to appointments whether it be by bus, or we took them. I was also their confidant, counselor, motivator, or someone to just talk with about their day. I was the cook when needed, if there was an injury, or sick, I made sure they received medical attention, (even when they weren’t happy about it.) 
  • If there was a drug or alcohol abuse issue, I would try to get them into a recovery program. 
  • The issue with this camp is that it wasn’t a dry camp. It was hard over recovering addicts to stay on track because the triggers were so close. Not a good success rate. 
  • Veterans were taken advantage terribly there, and it felt like when we were there, we could make do our part to make sure they received what was intended for them. 
  • The camp was closed last Nov. Bryan, and I have been on a mission since to start up a Veterans Working Ranch. 
  • This was our boot camp. What we learned at this camp; you could never learn in a book. The Drugs, alcohol, the lack of resources, the lack of purpose. 
  • What Bryan and I learned at this camp was exactly what we do not want at our ranch. We have a lot to learn and are open to all the guidance we can get. 
  • We saw many things that opened our eyes to what was really needed for our Vets. 
  • The camp lacked in many areas, but it was home to many. We learned that it is hard for Veterans to live with Civilians, we learned you cannot have a presence of triggers if you want a successful transition. 
  • Bryan and I will live on the ranch to make sure that the ranch is run with our vision and purpose. If we are lucky enough to have an onsite administrator, they will live on-site as well. 
  • We will work with Veteran-owned companies and hire Veterans first. We want this ranch to be a home the veterans will be proud of. 
  • This ranch will give our Veterans opportunity and purpose. 
  •  Bryan and I have tried to give back to veterans for years in small ways. We have Whoodle breeding business and have donated puppies to Veterans for service or therapy companions for over 14 years. We have a passion and a vision to do more. 
  • The ranch is named after my grandfather Herbert Milton Shaw. My grandfather was a welder and flame cutter for the army. The greatest Man I ever knew. 
  • We have a saying at H.M. Shaw’s Veterans Ranch… No One Fights Alone!