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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

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From time to time in the past two years, I have helped work with veterans and the elderly with Veterans Rowing and Kayaking. As a lightweight rower myself, it is great to see that people of older age will still row and gain from its benefits. I really enjoy working in an activity that I love and Veterans Rowing and Kayaking allows me to spread the culture of rowing. Working with them has been a pleasant experience and I look forward to continue to be involved.

Jason108

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few months back I reached out to Paul with VRK, after a friend had told me about the physical and mental benefits they had experienced through the sport of rowing. Paul and I talked a few times over the phone and discussed my goals, and I expressed interest in one day competing in some indoor rowing competitions, and he was so encouraging. He knew that I was an avid cyclist who likes to push my limits and go harder and longer distances each time I ride, and he acknowledged that strength and saw how it would help me to get the most out of rowing as well.

I received my loaner rowing machine at the end of February and absolutely love the workouts and I can already feel the benefits of rowing. Paul’s encouragement and Veterans’ Rowing & Kayaking’s willingness to accept me with open arms has been motivating and moving. They are an absolutely amazing organization and group of people! I cannot wait to eventually compete while wearing the VRK colors!!! It is great to be a part of a team again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at this organization to help some disabled Veterans from RI race at the 2017 CRASH-B sprints in Boston MA. I had a lot of fun doing this, meeting a diverse group of veterans and volunteers. It was an honor and a privilege to be part of such a dedicated organization and I know I will be volunteering with this organization for many more hours in the future. I encourage any perspective volunteers interested in helping our nation's veterans achieve their personal goals to consider joining up with Veterans Rowing and Kayaking inc.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the Senior Engage Life Director at Atria Senior Living in Darien, CT it is an honor and a privilege to have the Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking organization on- site working with our veterans on a weekly basis. The indoor water rowing program is a significant motivator to everyone who lives and works at our community. Having the opportunity to participate in this unique program that builds individual strength, stamina, coordination, and more importantly pride, has produced a marked positive influence on all of us at Atria Darien. I highly recommend this program to any senior living community as a way to offer a team building opportunity that provides a high sense of well being to those who participate and also to those within the community who will act as "cheerleaders" to your participants. This indoor water rowing program with the ability to advance to an outdoor program or competitive program is provided by an exceptionally professional, well trained, and well structured organization. Bravo Veterans Rowing & Kayaking for all of the positive work you do

Ray_33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a lifegurd at the Visually Impaired Veteran's program in Pinewood Lake. Kayaking with many different veterans, hearing their stories, and giving back to those who gave so much to our country is rewarding. The staff and participants are so greatful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group brought rowing to our senior living community in Atria Darien for our WW II veterans. Every week, our residents trained with Paul and his volunteers indoors in order to go on the water- it was a dream come true for our veterans who ranged from 78-96 years old! For seniors who have done it all, this was a truly unique and wonderful experience!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding service organization dedicated to providing athletic activities to US Veterans and families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a fabulous organization. . The Veterans love the weekly program at Atria Rye Brook. The staff is superb and extremely knowledgeable. This program is a great addition to our overall program and especially to our health and fitness program. I have participants ranging from 25-97 years old. I highly recommend them to any Senior program.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a very well managed veteran service organization that really cares about its disabled program veterans.
I've had the pleasure of volunteering for some of their weekly programs over the past 3+ years.
We hear a lot of great feedback from the program veteran's themselves who all have benefited from the friendships formed and the physical and mental recovery that they have achieved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a worthwhile cause. I kayak with the Blind and Visually Impaired Vets. I am prior service, no visual defects , and I help these vets navigate their surroundings both land and sea, and have loved every minute of it!
These are great vets who gave to their country and I can tell how much this organization means to them socially, physically and emotionally. I hope they can continue with their outings well into the next season and more!
I am not aware of any program like this . Kudos to the highly committed staff and dedicated volunteers. I am honored to be a part of this team.

1 Tom_95

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly a remarkable experience volunteering with this organization. I feel lucky and grateful evey time i get off the water with these fine Veterans. I am truly honored.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a US Marine volunteer for the Blind Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking, Inc. organization foundation that works with severely disabled Veterans in Connecticut.
This is one of the greatest organizations that I had the pleasure to work with. They truly have the passion to help change the lives of so many disabled Veterans.
I highly recommend them to new Veterans seeking to volunteer, new program Veterans seeking to change and improve their lives, and new potential State division chapter parties who have an interest in a new start up.
Please contact the State of Connecticut corporate office in Trumbull, CT at (203)445-3841 or email to: paul.veteransrowing@gmail.com Also check them out on Facebook at: Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking, Inc.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Very meaningful work provided to severely disabled Veterans.

2 Robert193

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a WWII blind Veteran that joined the Blind Veterans' Rowing & Kayaking program several months ago. I have met a lot of new friends who are also visually impaired who are part of our programs.
I want to thank all the many volunteers who have assisted all our program Veterans in coaching and driving us to our weekly events and dropping us off at our homes.
The wonderful lunch that is provided for us at the end of our training session gives us an opportunity to socialize with each other and that is the icing on the cake! If you are visually handicapped please do yourself a favor and come out to one of our events.
It is a wonderful feeling to find an organization like this, which helps us realize that we can achieve things that others would think that we could never do.

3 latheropjulia

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been most helpful for my recovery from PTSD.
I really enjoyed the team spirit and new friends I've made this year.
The rowing was fun and the support staff were very knowledgeable and friendly at the Connecticut clubs where they offered programing.
I recommend them highly.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for this organization since 2014 and have also participated in their recreational rehabilitation/adaptive sports rowing and kayaking programs.
This organization originally started with 5-disabled Veterans in May, 2013 and by September, 2015 it had grown to over 100 program Veterans in 3-States. Quite an accomplishment!
The staff are very engaging, friendly and professional. They will not let you sit-out from participation unless you have a medical problem. They encourage strong participation and work with all abilities and disabilities.
I highly recommend this organization and their programs for any Veteran that suffers from PTSD,TBI, severe to moderate depression, anxiety and mood disorders and any other physical or mental problems.