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Veterans’ Services That Work

Heroes on the Water’s kayak fishing experiences reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. Participants do not need any experience with kayaking or fishing, and adaptive equipment is available.

We work to tailor each experience to the individual. If they want some alone time, that is fine. If they wish to connect with other like-minded individuals, that is available as well. If they wish to remain on shore and not kayak fish, that is perfectly fine. Every person is unique, as is their healing journey. We want to make every experience as comfortable as possible.

““Hearing the water come off my paddle I just kept thinking “there’s hope, there’s hope, there’s hope. This is where you start. There’s hope. I still get knots in my throat when I think of that first time.” ~ Marco Garcia

Support for Veterans and First Responders

We know that recurring kayak fishing experiences have compound benefits. Therefore, we encourage repeat visits and hold as many events as possible based on geography and climate. Our volunteer-led chapters make every effort to continue events, even when the weather does not allow for kayak fishing.

Heroes on the Water is unique in that we are one of the rare veterans’ charities that opens our programs to family members. We believe that the focus must be on the whole person, which includes families as well. Programs are no cost to family members, as well as veterans and first responders.

““HOW really touched my heart. Being able to connect with veterans is important, and then having the ability to also create space to connect with my children is even better.”  – Jennifer Nolan

Heroes on the Water chapters also provide opportunities for camaraderie when kayak fishing is not a possibility. Our dedicated volunteers recognize the importance of continually supporting the community through regularly scheduled events. To find a chapter near you, visit our chapter page. To learn more, contact us.