Heroes on the Water helps veterans, active duty military, first responders and their families relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Our organization is privileged to have served this community for 10 years, and look forward to continuing to provide this therapeutic opportunity to those who have given everything to protect our freedom.
Heroes on the Water was a participant in an 18-month study conducted by Troy University, which focused on alternative forms of therapy for individuals faced with traumatic experiences, such as combat post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. The impact is significant:
- 60% less re-experience, including less flashbacks, bad dreams and frightening thoughts.
- 56% less stress.
- 63% less avoidance, or staying away from places that trigger reminders.
- 62% less hyper-vigilance which is an extreme level of alertness.
Reducing these symptoms for our heroes trickles to the family members, enabling them to reunify as a stronger foundation unit. This ensures that everyone is able to actively participate in their community in a positive, productive manner.
Another participant, Ray, says "HOW isn't about trying to make money off anybody. The whole point is putting a veteran in a kayak with a fishing rod and giving him the chance to be a normal person no matter what has happened. You have no idea how powerful that is. It's something that no traditional therapy can give you."
"I wouldn't be where I'm at today - teacher, foster parent, parent, husband - if it wasn't for this organization. I will honestly say that fishing and HOW saved my life. They changed everything about my life for the better."