This Memorial Day weekend, the leaders from Heroes on the Water will participate in Carry the Load event, which honors our nation’s heroes and the sacrifice they gave for our freedom.
If you are not familiar, Carry the Load is a non-profit dedicated to providing active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes — military, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders. The Memorial Day march is an amazing tribute to those who have given so much. Check out the video to learn a little more.
Mother’s Day conjures up many emotions. If you are a young mother, it’s a new experience filled with wonder and joy, and sometimes a lot of messes. For moms with older children, it’s a time to recognize how wonderful your children are, and be proud of all you have accomplished. For a child, you remember the kindness, the nurturing, the support your mom gave you. Unless…
What if you had to deploy to meet the obligations of your military career? What if you had to leave your newborn with family to protect your country? What if now, as a single mom, you had to bond with your child all over again? Would Mother’s Day be different for you? It was for these two brave women who served our country valiantly.
We’ve all experienced it – that single moment when you feel at one with the world. When you are present in a moment of inner peace that encompasses your entire being. You feel whole. For many of our veterans, these moments are too few and far between. Think about it – they have been on high alert for months, fighting for our freedom, fighting side by side with their brothers and sisters in arms, fighting for their lives. Then, whether through injury, disability or the end of their time, it suddenly stops. It’s as if someone has slammed on the brakes.
This is the story we here at Heroes on the Water here frequently, and one of the many reasons we stay dedicated to providing experiences that give just a little bit of peace to so many, like Greg Ramirez and Carmon McCurrie.
“You can never repay what many of our veterans and their families have given up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try. We want to do something in a small way for people who have done so much for all of us. It’s a small payment on a large debt.” ~ Luther Cifers, Founder and President, YakAttack, LLC
We all love those small ideas, the ones that started in someone’s garage or basement, that blossom into amazing organizations. YakAttack is certainly one of those stories, with an added storyline – the belief that being a good citizen, a good steward, and a good company starts with doing something to give back.
Luther Cifers did not begin his career with kayak fishing in mind. He spent the first decade and a half working in manufacturing. From an entry level position on an automotive components factory floor, he eventually worked his way into an engineering role, tasked primarily with machine design. From there he spent several years doing various contract engineering projects – designing everything from women’s shoes to tow trucks.
If you love to fish, then you completely understand the passion so many have for this sport. If you don’t, or never have, fished, well, there are so many reasons to love it. For example, you get the calming influence of being on or near the water, and there is the competitive nature with just trying to catch that big fish.
And there are other benefits…
Studies have proven that fishing has benefits beyond just being outdoors, including:
- The ability to focus on one activity, which is proven to decrease stress.
- Lowering the impact of PTS symptoms, particularly when coupled with kayaking.
- Spending time outdoors, which improves your mood and increases Vitamin D levels.
Recently, we caught up with Heroes on the Water’s own Nathan Franks, Director of Operations, to ask him why he thought fishing was so great, and why he continues to fish whenever he can.