Originally published on 6 September 2015.
We’re always interested in running stories about organizations that help veterans, particularly when those organizations offer a unique product or service for vets. So when we heard that two Connecticut-based charities have combined forces in order to give disabled veterans a unique opportunity, we knew this was something we needed to share.
Veterans Rowing and Kayaking Organization and Riverfront Recapture are putting together a rowing team consisting of blind veterans. Competitive and recreational crew are great events for veterans, as they emphasize two important aspects with which vets are already familiar: teamwork and physical fitness.
While the idea of crewing while visually impaired might seem daunting to some, participating veterans seem unconcerned. One veteran named Fred Chutester, perhaps typifying the “can-do” attitude of America’s veterans, had this to say:
It was a little challenging for me… (but) I’m going to do it, just let me try.”
If you are interested in participating in the rowing program, or to offer your support for it, please contact Veterans Rowing and Kayaking or Riverfront Recapture. Many thanks to all of our veterans, and to all of the people and organizations out there who continue to come up with innovative and effective ways to give back to our vets.