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U.S. Veterans Rowing & Kayaking Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Sports, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: To help facilitate growth and recovering for disabled Veterans through recreational rehabilitation adaptive rowing & kayaking.

Results: Created the 1st National Blind Veterans' Indoor Rowing Program in 2014. Created the 1st National Blind Veterans' Rowing Team in Connecticut that went out on open water in 2015. Coached the oldest program Veteran at age 101 to complete a World Record Indoor Rowing for 1000 meter event in 2016.

Target demographics: Severely disabled and at-risk Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: programs were accessable to over 1200 Veterans

Geographic areas served: We provide recreational rehabiliation adaptive rowing & kayaking in over 20-locations in 9-States

Programs: Recreational rehabilitation; adaptive rowing & kayaking; Learn to Row or paddle; and elite programing which is both indoor and outdoor-year round.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have competed in the 90 miler Canoe Race 21 times. It is one of my favorite canoe races, I compete on the average of 20 races a year.
I like the 90 Miler because it is very well run and has beautiful lakes, rivers and scenery. Also I do the 90 in a voyager canoe with seven other paddlers and enjoy the team work it requires.
I want to thank your foundation for honoring all veterans competing in this race.
Roger Henry

1 Chris R.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank US Veteran's Rowing & Kayaking for the generous support they provided to me and several fellow Vets for the 2019 Adirondack 90-Miler Canoe Classic. It was an awesome experience and one that I would hope more Vets would participate in next year. It was a physical challenge but every paddle stroke was through some of the most breathtaking waterways on Earth. Thanks Again! Chris

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jack LaMarre (the veteran here) -many thanks for supporting myself and my fellow vets in the annual Adirondack 90 miler canoe, kayak and rowing challenge. It is a wonderful but hard event, and your support helps a lot. This was my 12th one, and hopefully I'll be back for my 13th next year

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great social activity the brings together veterans to enjoy the outdoors and kayaking. Easy and accessible to all skill levels.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great stress reliever for all veterans.A good get together growing all the time.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been here for veteran every week. Great organization helping veterans.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer for the Middletown Division which works with the Polish Felcons Nest 519 where I’m an officer. Great organization with a lot of fun members that enjoy kayaking and my great cooking!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer I'm in United States Marine veteran I went for a race about 7 MI it was nice people are nice A little barbecue after while and enjoyed it I was first time for me to going down the river. Hoorah

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first year kayaking. I had never kayaked before . We started on Crystal Lake, a quiet picturest lake reminding me of On Gden Pond. We meet every week for kayaking and a barbecue. I have come to realy look forward to this meeting each week. We held a 10K race at the end of this year and I made it, YA

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

New member here. How much better being on the water. Staff friendly and totally committed to us having a great experience. Veterans helping veterans so true.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very beneficial for myself with back and knee disabilities. Also, excellent opportunity for social interaction with fellow veterans. Available with winter indoor rowing activities to keep in physical shape, as well as, fantastic on water, lake, river and ocean kayaking. Looking forward to future international competition!

2 Marion Sampson B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was pleasantly surprised that the US Veterans Rowing & Kayak offered scholarships to veterans participating in the Adirondack Canoe Classic AKA 90 Miler. This is a great program.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have worked with this organization for several years and love the care they provide for our wounded warriors.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization that goes above and beyond helping injured and disabled veterans regain their lives through adaptive rowing and kayaking recreational programs.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

This has is an outstanding organization that supports all veterans for this wonderful event at the annual 90 Mile Adirondack Canoe Classic from Old Forge to Saranac Lake, New York. We had 4 Veterans last year and 10 Veterans involved this year with the Veterans Scholarship and many others asking how to get involved for next year. A growing group with the financial support from you all.
I hope this can continue for our Veterans

Holly

4 Angela S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow an excellent contribution to our fitness program. A wonderful low impact exercise that's fun and easy to do. Our residents love this program thank you U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking Foundation.

3 HowardRusk

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a blind veteran with stage 4 throat cancer in remission.
I no longer reside at Atria Senior Living in Rye Brook because my daughter wanted me closer to her so she took me in.
While I was a resident at Rye Brook, I was a very active participant and trained under the guidance of several great coaches from U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking Foundation.
I'm a very competitive person by nature and worked hard to compete in special events hosted by USVRK, which included TeleRowing against Atria Darien which is another senior community in Darien, Connecticut. It was fun and challenging to race against another Atria team of veteran rowers from another state, while watching each other on our big screen TV's and interacting with each other.
I plan to continue rowing despite my recent medical setback and relocation. I'm most grateful to all my previous coach's, especially Paul who kept encouraging me every step of the way! Bravo to the work that U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking Foundation is doing for all injured and disabled Veterans nationally!! I absolutely love this charity and hope that others reading this post will see the value of their work...and their mission to keeping health care cost down by improving the health of all veteran participants.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a senior living at Atria Rye Brook and I asked my caregiver to help write my review since I have Parkinson's.
Our veterans club rowing program began nearly 3-years ago when the founder of U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking was invited to make our location the 2nd location to start one up.
Since then, we've had dozens of participant's from our community try rowing as away to work out with low impact; low cardio exercise.
I'm please to report that I won 1st place in the female adaptive 1K category at the 2017 Connecticut Indoor Rowing Championship.
It is a real pleasure to have taken part in the outdoor rowing summer sessions on Glen Island when we do crew.
Thank you U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking Foundation for improving the quality of life for so many veterans, including mine! God bless this wonderful charity which exceeds the 5-Star rating that I'm giving it!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I live at Atria Rye Brook Senior Living Community.
We both have medical issues and decided to take up the recreational rehabilitation therapeutic rowing program with U.S. Veterans, Rowing & Kayaking Foundation which sends coaching staff to our facility weekly.
I was overjoyed at the amazing improvement I made during the first 4-weeks. The first week I could barely row 200 meters but by the 4th week, I was up to 1000 meters!
Although it takes me longer than others on our Veterans' Rowing Team because of my foot surgeries and left shoulder injury, I am determined to finish each week's training goal.
I participated with a dozen of more of our group last summer on Glen Island as we rowed on the water.
This January we had our annual indoor race at the Connecticut Indoor Rowing Championships and were honored by a Color Guard presentation by Port 5 Naval Association.
Thank you to this amazing charity for being part of my recovery and improving my life!
I hope everyone recognizes the importance of the work they do for injured veterans. Please help support them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started doing this program with U.S. Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking to stay active and in shape and to keep healthy. I don't like hospitals so I do preventive maintenance.
I'm a very competitive person so I jumped at the chance to take part in my first race this January in Easton at the CT. Indoor Rowing Championships.
We all had a great time and we all won a ribbon for our age and disability category.
I look forward to the spring outdoor rowing sessions!
Please help support this nonprofit for the wonderful work they do with disabled veterans around the country. I'm grateful to have worked with them.