I am a Marine
Corps veteran. I got out of the service
in 2008. Luckily, I did not suffer any wounds. However, many do, including physiological wounds related to PTSD and other combat related trauma. I had the chance this morning to talk to two very special young ladies that are pilot/instructors for foundation that teaches women with amputated legs how to fly, which I think is pretty amazing. I've been wanting to help and give to the community of our wounded warriors for awhile now, but haven't really come up with a solution besides making charitable donations to a few of the more common ones such as DAV.
And then, I thought about the therapeutic values of sailing, the team work involved, and the morale and feeling of self worth it promotes. I think sailing would be the perfect activity for wounded warriors to participate in. I'm sure a reasonably sized sailboat could be made to accommodate most disabilities.
Wounded Warriors would be taken into a program one or two at a time, and would be given on shore and then on boat training and courses that would be applicable to ASA
or RYC type courses, allowing the veteran to pursue sailing as a hobby or lifestyle. Veterans would also be able to crew on boats and participate in races.
Anyways, maybe I'm jumping the gun alittle here, but I'm tired and wanted to post this before I go back to bed
. What do you all think? Would this be a worthy (and as important, doable!) goal? It of course would be a non-profit, and would rely largely on donations from the public and possibly a grant or two that exist for such foundations.