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Heroes on the Water

Rating: 4.9 stars   51 reviews 1,148


101-C N Greenville Ave 55 Allen TX 75002 USA


To help returning warriors relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Heroes on the Water has helped thousands of our nation's warriors overcome difficulties brought on by multiple deployments. HOW empowers veterans to decompress and reconnect with themselves, their family, and become part of a lifelong community.


Our program has been privileged to serve over 12,824 warriors since 2007. In 2014, we provided 3,590 warriors and 1,116 family members a chance to unwind and enjoy the benefits of our kayak fishing program. As a national program, 35 chapters and a therapeutic program deliver the program in 19 states. A network of 4,371 committed volunteers gave 36,111 volunteer hours delivering the program at a value of $833,081 that leveraged the financial investments. Our therapeutic program is showing promise. A study of 79 warriors over 180 days that kayak fished as part of their rehabilitation demonstrated a 78% reduction in overall stress, 77% reduction in hyper vigilance, 63% reduction in avoidance behavior, and a 56% reduction in recurring nightmares. 2015 is proving to demonstrate continued expansion of our blueprint to reach more returning veterans and their families and help them reconnect in their journey home.

Target demographics:

returning warriors relax, rehabilitiate and reintegrate

Direct beneficiaries per year:

returning warriors and their families with 3,590 vet days on the water.

Geographic areas served:

locations across the U.S.A.


kayak fishing in the outdoors. The program is provided at no cost to the veterans or their families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Hi, I was invited to go fishing , kind of as a lifeguard and helper to the veterans.
The group was professionally run, and effective.
They welcomed me, and my family, they were warm, kind, and appropriate.

They had a great event planned for the vets who have been " paying for our freedom".

The event that I was on was out of Virginia, at masons neck park on the potomac river.

about 30 people were involved, perhaps 20 were vets, or the injured vets.
It was a good fine event. Everything was planned from food to cold drinks.

the vets and the injured were mingled, and the folks caught some fish.

I will go back to this group, because they provided a real quality service to the freedom fighters.

the particular group was called the george washington chapter of the heroes on the water non profit.

The guy I spent a lot of time with was a coast guard pilot, named brad.
Brad was one solid and fine american. He and I cooked the hamburgers, etc.

Notably, these G.W. folks did not ask for anything, but to take care of the people around you, out on the water. It was a class act. Your injured vet will be safe, and respected by the G. W. chapter of " Heroes on the water".
God bless the USA. May God bless our servicemen women and police officers.

Tom Granger RMC{SS} . Tomgranger@ comcast.net. for anyone who needs more details.

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3 people found this review helpful

Heroes on the Water captured my heart as I volunteered to help with a couple of their outings. Kayaking has been a love for over 20 years. The peace found on the water stills my soul. Spending days with the heroes on these outings, it is easy to see why they come out and come back. They find peace. They find comradery. They find a non-threatening place to unwind, relax and then find the exhilaration of landing a bass, catfish or redfish! They are taken to another place - a place of joy, pride and satisfaction.

And then, the volunteers - they find their joy in hosting, welcoming, teaching, listening, laughing and eating with our nation's heroes. They only seek the smiles and contentment of the heroes they love to serve.

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2 people found this review helpful

I randomly found this organization on a kayak fishing forum that I was a part of and I am so happy that I did. I realized that if I like to fish, and I like to be on a kayak, and I like to help people, why not put all of those things together! HOW allows me to do that and there is nothing better than being able to help someone that has given so much to America. As long as I am able, I will do my best to support HOW any way that I can.

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4 people found this review helpful

When I first heard of this organization at the Washington State Fair I was skeptical. But after carefully watching the expressions of the volunteers as they shared the information and their personal experiences it sparked an interest. So I took my family to an event. My family learned how to fish from a kayak. We enjoyed it so much we purchased our very own kayaks a week ago. We also enjoyed the meals the volunteers worked to prepare for us. We've never met a more genuine and passionate group of volunteers. Needless to say, we are true believers of this organization.

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5 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer I can observe the impact an outing on the water has on our warriors that served in one or more deployments. From time of arrival at the outing to time of departure, one can see the stress relieve and relaxed demeanor of the warrior. Family members frequently comment he/she cannot wait for the next outing. Catching fish is only part of the experience.

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2 people found this review helpful

I served 24 years in the USAF. As I gained rank I learned that one of the greatest impacts I could make was taking care of my troops. Once retired, I searched for such a group to volunteer with. Many groups were well meaning, but fell short of my expectations and did not seem to do enough. Heroes On the Water Northwest Chapter is where I found my niche. New to the sport of kayak fishing I went out on my first event almost four years ago. As a volunteer it has helped me fill my desire to continue helping to take care of our troops. Most of all I see that positive impacts of what we do for them. A simple thank you and a smile just make my day. Even better is when I see them return for another event with a friend or family. The contagious nature of what Heroes On the Water does makes people wants to be a part of this organization that helps others. This is why I keep coming back!

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7 people found this review helpful

I joined NW Kayak Org (NWK - http://www.northwestkayakanglers.com/ ). last year I wanted to meet other people who enjoyed being on the water. I learned about Heroes on the Water (HOW - http://heroesonthewater.org/chapters/northwest-chapter/ ) when I entered a fishing tournament sponsored by NWK. I saw the banner about HOW, asked a few questions and became interested in volunteering. I am a retired USAF Vet with 21 years of active duty service, and I thought this would be excellent opportunity to help our vets. My first HOW volunteer event to volunteer was held on 11 April 2015 at Tanwax Lake, in Pierce County, WA. I was a fishing / kayak safety guide for young Army Soldier who was a recent medical discharge. We had great time fishing; we talked about his future, his passion for the outdoors and he was happy to learn of an organization (HOW) that supports wounded Vets! He was amazed how many people come out to volunteer and all of the different agencies that donate their time. The NW chapter of HOW is an excellent Organization for all Vets - it shows them that the community cares about all of military heroes.

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3 people found this review helpful

Heroes on the Water helps disabled veterans and wounded warriors through therapeutic guided kayak fishing. It has been an honor to watch this organization grow and positively impact our soldiers and veterans over the past four years. The leadership staff of Heroes on the Water cares deeply about our mission. I cannot think of a better place to serve.

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12 people found this review helpful

“Every Day is an opportunity to earn the sacrifices of those who serve our country. Every Day HOW gives us a chance to say, “THANK YOU.”

The meaning of the words, “Service” & “Sacrifice” has been taught in my family for many generations. I am proud of my heritage and the country I call my home. I would have been proud to serve.

The truth is we can't all serve our country in the same capacity as those who protect our country while we sleep. However, in our own unique way by use of our innate abilities we can still be of service to our country. I have had the opportunity to work with many other services and programs in my community, but none in comparison to Heroes On the Water. I truly feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment with my local HOW chapter. Together, we develop teamwork to achieve our mission. Together, we are family.

Heroes On the Water has been a positive awakening experience, "a saving grace," and a journey that won't be soon forgotten. This unique program has the capacity to breathe life into a person's soul - it is a service that is both selfless and rewarding. Every day I am amazed by how passionate I have become about volunteering with HOW especially since I lack the patience to fish and have a fear of deep water. With that said, there is something truly powerful and amazing about being a part of HOW.

My gratitude for all who serve our country is immeasurable, no words will ever be enough to express how thankful I am for the liberties earned through the service and sacrifices of our brave brothers and sisters serving in the name of freedom and love for their country. My volunteerism with HOW gives me the opportunity to express my immense gratitude to the military families of this great nation.

I am grateful to Heroes On the Water (HOW) for giving us all the opportunity to be of service to those who serve our country.

To Our Heroes: Thank you & Godspeed, Brave ones! May your internal compass always lead you home.

Volunteer, HOW
NWest Chapter

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5 people found this review helpful

Heroes on the Water made a difference in my life. As a daughter of an alcoholic vet who, and an abused child, the fishing outing restored my sense of peace and I left a little bit of my childhood "hurts" on the water. This organization is primarily for vets and families of vets, but their program is life-saving.

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