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Heroes on the Water folks love this time of year. The buds pop on the trees, blossoms emerge, and the fish really start biting. We emerge from our winter slumber ready to embrace our springtime events that allow us to serve more warriors through kayak fishing, camaraderie and community.

Spring also represents growth, and HOW is no exception. We are adding new chapters, volunteers and leadership every week. Which is why it is so exciting to have a seasoned HOW Nation leader now part of the chapter operations support team.

Meet Amber Helms – HOW Area Coordinator

DSC_1223-001Amber, along with her husband Rusty, and Casey Fugett started the NE Oklahoma chapter in November of 2012. In keeping with their passionate and focused style, they held their first event just a few short months later in February. Amber believes it is the passion that started and keeps the chapter going some four years later.

“The number one thing I like about this organization is they put the money to good use.”Have you ever wanted to make the world a better place? There are so many ways to heal the world and the people in it. It is amazing how small acts of generosity can make a big difference in someone else’s life. Yet with so many in need, how do you decide on whom? What is it that motivates you to give back?

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.”


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