Vets On The Water is a nonprofit initiative that expresses our ongoing thanks and appreciation for the service and sacrifice given by our nation’s veterans. Through the generous contributions from the following individuals, businesses and organizations, complimentary fishing, sailing and cruising opportunities were provided this past summer to more than 150 individual veterans.

Each Monday, weather permitting, Recreational Therapy Services at VA Maine Healthcare supported numerous veterans as they participated in the Vets on the Water program. Venues included Damariscotta, Rockland, Rockport and Camden Harbor. Each week veterans were greeted by a number of local volunteer skippers who provided a memorable day for the veterans in attendance on Maine lakes and in the beautiful waters of Penobscot Bay.

These generous and caring skippers made the program possible. Each boat had a health care professional on board and bag lunches — beverages were provided by local and state businesses. Fishing and cruising support was also provided to Embrace A Vet, Wavus Veterans Camps and the Travis Mills National Veteran’s Family Center.

What’s next? Ice fishing and related winter outdoor activities with ongoing support from our new friends at Camp Wavus and the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association.

Tim Hoffmann RN LTC Ret.


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