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Valhalla Sailing Project Ltd

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Personal Social Services, Veterans

Mission: Valhalla Sailing Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and advocating for the mental and physical well-being of our nation's transitioning veterans. Through the sport of competitive sailing, we offer wounded, disabled, and evolving members an experience that replicates the sense of teamwork and camaraderie that so many veterans find absent in their post service lives. Valhalla Sailing Project is committed to encouraging, supporting, and teaching veterans a healthy and productive sport; creating a positive civilian life balance.

Target demographics: wounded, recovering, and transitioning veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: in excess of 40 veterans and active duty service members over the course of over 15 events.

Geographic areas served: Annapolis, Maryland and the surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay

Programs: teamwork, camaraderie, and resiliency through the sport of competitive sailing.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

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Valhalla Sailing Project (VSP) waves the flag and claims to be a PTSD and suicide prevention organization but in practice is more of an annual sailing get together with little interest in supporting Veterans. This organization has a treats veterans as collectors items and provides no value outside of its annual clinics, which in practice are two days of sailing and drinking.

One of the key points that is made about VSP is that it assists veterans with transition to civilian life and provides a support network for veterans. This is not true in practice and there is minimal involvement outside of the clinics.

Also of note is that members of the VSP board on multiple occasions have targeted the women participating in the program and attempted to sleep with them. When the issue of harassment was brought up to the board, several members of the board and male volunteers proceeded to corner female participants and interrogate them about whether they had made a complaint. This atmosphere of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior resulted in an episode during the 2018 Fall Oxford race during which multiple female veterans had to leave the Oxford Yacht club after the Director of VSP grew agitated by the knowledge that a female VSP participant was involved with someone at the event.

Taking part in VSP clinics or donating to this organization is not recommended.