“Especially my kids noticed the positive residual effects of kayak fishing.”
Randy Hay is an active duty sergeant based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. And like many warriors, he strives to live a positive life in spite of bouts of anxiety and a diagnosis of PTSD. Looking for a way to gain some peace and perspective, Randy was intrigued by the posting he saw on the Northwest Kayak Anglers website, so he sent an email to Heroes on the Water asking about an upcoming event. He received an immediate response and signed up to go.
That was in April of 2014. It only took one event for Randy to be “hooked.”
“I was surprised at how accommodating everyone was. They were very organized, and very kind, welcoming everyone as they came in. “
Randy went on to say:
“You go from being part of a brotherhood, to being alone, to being part of a brotherhood again.”
Our warriors are inspiring and brave individuals who put everything on the line for their friends, family, and millions of strangers. It is a selfless and dangerous line of work to volunteer oneself for duty – one that potentially comes with severe side effects.
Most heroes continue to face challenges they must overcome, even after the so-called real battles have ended. They return home unsure of their future, unable to feel they fit in. Frankly, it’s difficult to re-integrate into an environment that is so different. Being in the military gives you focus and purpose. You know exactly what to do from the time you rise until you go to sleep. However, being at home means radically changing even the most basic of routines, in order to “fit in.”