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Volunteer group shows wounded veterans the healing power of kayak fishing.

Rosalinda Babin of Round Rock has spent six years helping her son, Alan Babin Jr., overcome gunshot wounds suffered during an 82nd Airborne Division battle in the Middle East. When they attended a Heroes on the Water event, Rosalinda was moved by the poignant image of empty wheelchairs lining the launch site, abandoned in favor of kayaks.

“Looking out at the lake, there was no way to differentiate between the able bodied and the disabled heroes — a huge therapeutic moment for the parent of a wounded warrior,” Babin said.

Heroes on the Water (HOW) is a Texas-based volunteer organization that takes wounded veterans on kayak fishing trips. In their sleek, low profile boats, kayakers feel a part of nature.

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