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Heroes on the Water

Rating: 4.92 stars   61 reviews 1,277

Address:

101-C N Greenville Ave 55 Allen TX 75002 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

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.

Programs:

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

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214-295-4541
http://heroesonthewater.org/

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with HOW for a year now. I feel very blessed to be able to help out. I started out wanting to show my gratitude to veterans. I have been so blessed at every outing. Seeing the difference this organization makes for our vets is amazing.
Seeing a vet go from arriving, standing alone and leaving soon after lunch to him arriving with a smile on his face, helping out and hugging everyone before leaving.
Wow! What a difference!!
Thank you HOW
I will continue to volunteer and help out in any way I can.

 
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HOW is the best local veteran's organization in the Sarasota area. You couldn't ask for nicer and more accommodating people who really enjoy getting together and being active. It's always a great time that leaves you feeling refreshed. My son, a disabled vet, appreciates being around other vets. Raul is a perfect leader. Yay for HOW!!!

 
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2 years ago was the first time I heard about Heroes on the Water and I wanted to know more about it. I read the pamphlet I was given and checked out their website and found the closest chapter was in Corpus Christi. My wife and I started to help the chapter in C/C and watched the veterans transform. My wife and I have started a chapter here in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. As a veteran comes out to participate for the first time they don't know what the outcome will be for them. During an event they are able to communicate with their brothers and sisters in arms and fellowshipping with one another has brought them closer together. The family gets to see their father and mother smiling and laughing. This is what Heroes on the Water does they bring back hope to the veterans. It shows them that people love and care for them and appreciate what they have done for this country.

 
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I recently attended my first Heroes on the Water event in San Diego, California. I was totally impressed with the professionalism of the volunteers and the inclusiveness of the families and service members in all the day's activities. This organization lives and breathes its mission. All one needs to do is attend an event and see the transformation that takes place. This organization makes me proud as a veteran.

 
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We found out about Heroes on the Water back in 2014 at a Fly Fishing Expo in New Braunfels, Texas. We were given some pamphlets to read and visited their website to find out more about the organization. We found the closest chapter to us and we contacted the Coordinator and asked what we could do to help. He gave us the date of their next event and we told him that we would be there. When we arrived early that Saturday morning we started to help unloading equipment, setting up kayaks, paperwork, and anything else that was needed. As all the Veterans launched the Coordinator told us of the "Triple Therapy" that kayak fishing provided: physical therapy from paddling and fishing, occupational therapy learning a lifetime sport/activity, and mental therapy from relaxing in nature with no distractions or expectations of performance. We also noticed that when the Veterans had returned from fishing and were enjoying lunch they were much more relaxed, talkative, laughing, sharing their experiences with their fellow brothers, and smiling.
Volunteering with Heroes on the Water has been very rewarding to us as we have seen first hand the difference that it makes in the Veteran's life not just for him or her but for their family as well.

 
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I heard about Heroes on the Water back in 2012 from my parents. I was a participant in 2013 and evryone was so friendly, I had just been medically retired and had a ton of internal demons I was fighting, all of the volunteers helped me find a way to get back to what really matters. In 2014 I started volunteering for Heroes on the Water because I knew the information on how I conquered some of the demons could eventually help someone one day, that is why this is such a wonderful non-profit organization, and I will continue to support and help as much as possible. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU.

 
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As a volunteer for the Northeast Ok chapter of HOW, I have had nothing but great experiences with all the other volunteers and veterans alike! Its so awesome to see a guy or gal get so much enjoyment from a fishing pole and a little plastic boat! We are fortunate to have a great group of vets and first responders who keep coming back for more each month! Also getting new people involved is great to see. I have met some really great people and heard some stories that I will never forget. Its so gratifying to hear a big thank you from someone who otherwise wouldnt have these opportunities to do the same things that I do everyday! Hereos on the Water is a great organization! I couldnt be any prouder to be a part of this great organization!

 
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I first heard of Heroes On the Water through a kayak fishing forum on facebook as the chapter in Northeastern Oklahoma was getting started. I checked out the HOW website and came across the video of the woman thanking HeroesOnTheWater for giving her husband back who had been the victim of an IED and thought "I have to be a part of this!" I have been a volunteer with our local chapter ever since. To see the joy in faces of the veterans and their families at the outings is truly inspiring! I work offshore and spend half of my time at sea, so I miss many outings, but try to make all of them I can when I am home. I know that I took up kayak fishing several years ago as a way to decompress after a week trip at sea and thought that if I get so much benefit from my time with my "small boat on small water" after the stresses of the time on the "big boat on the big water" then maybe it will help as much for the veteran who was wounded serving our country. I have met several vets over the 3+ years that I have been involved with the local chapter and feel that I am giving back at least a little to those who have already giving so much for us! Many of the volunteers are vets as well and I have witnessed several people who suffer from PTSD who come out of a shell and brighten up at least for the time we are on the water, so for me HOW is a "win-win"

 
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I work offshorre and am gone on 5 week rotataions so I am actually gone more than I am home. About 9 years ago, I started kayak fishing and discovered how great a way it is for me to decompress after a trip offshore. I discovered Heroes On The Water through other kayak fisherman on Facebook and when the local chapter started (Northeast Oklahoma) I thought I should be a part of this! If through my volunteerism, I can hwlp one wounded (physically or emotionally wounds) to recover and see some of the benefits that I get from the outings then it would most assuredly be a "win win!" I have not been able to make all of the outings, but to see the smiles and hear the laughter of the vetsmakes for a very heartwarming adventure.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Awesome non-profit that helps veterans and first responders.

 
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I started doing research on HOW when a couple of friends first mentioned starting a local chapter. The changes it has made in so many lives was all I needed to see to commit to volunteering. We're in our 4th year now.
Seeing these Veterans become more relaxed and starting to enjoy life, as well as being able to help get their families involved has been very rewarding. It might be helping he child of a Veteran catch their first fish, or seeing a Veteran relax and forget about troubles for a few hours. Whatever it takes to make their lives better and give back a little to those that have given everything for us.

 
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I started volunteering with the local chapter (N.E. Oklahoma) right after it was formed by a couple of guys I met through a kayak fishing group on Facebook. I'd just been into kayak fishing for a few months, but had already seen how much it helped me relax and forget about any stress I was dealing with. If giving a few hours of my time would help any Heroes as much as it helped me, I was all for it. It's the least I can do to give back just a little.
I was fortunate to be able to participate in all but one of our events this year, and showed up to show my support for the one I wasn't able to participate in. I've been very fortunate to meet some great Heroes and see the smiles, hear the excitement as they talk about the outings. This is what it's all about.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes needed from what I see as a volunteer.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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