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We are pleased to announce that Heroes on the Water will be #48072 on the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Charity List for 2014.

CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations like Heroes on the Water that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

Heroes on the Water (HOW) helps warriors unwind, rehabilitate, and reconnect with their family and community through Jason Austinkayak fishing outings that are physically and mentally therapeutic. The HOW program is not a one-time event, but rather an ongoing program that uniquely provides a healing outdoor experience and social support to help warriors in their journey home.

Our warriors say it best…“I know kayak fishing saved my life. I had a world convinced I was ok but my demons won more battles than I did. Kayak fishing gave me something to look forward to.”  ~Jason Austin

HOW is reliant on financial donations from individuals, associations, and businesses along with the service of over 2,000 committed volunteers to deliver the program.

Having served over 9,276 warriors since 2007, the additional financial support from the CFC will boost expansion of the HOW program into new communities across the U.S. to reach the goal of serving 12,000 warriors per year.



Marketwave has announced the winner of its first-ever Great Work. Great Cause. search for a pro-bono client to lend the agency’s creative talent and marketing expertise to in 2014. The winner, Heroes on the Water, will receive $20,000 in pro-bono marketing and brand strategy, planning and creative execution from the Marketwave team.

Lots of folks had fun exploring our new website and participated in the contest. Three questions had to be answered to enter into a drawing to win a HOW t-shirt and hat. Here are the correct answers and where they can be found:

1. What year was Heroes on the Water founded? 2007HOWy Akkers

2. What are the names of the chapters in Virginia? Central Virginia & Tidewater Chapters

3. Where’s HOWy? What page is he on?  HOWy Akkers  was found in two places on the site – on the Media/Photo Gallery page and in the blog post.

Drumroll… and the 3 Winners are:

David Mormack, BJ Bjorklund, and Blake Brinegar.

Congratulations!! And many thanks to the wonderful compliments on the new website. Visit often for the latest happenings across the country.


Dallas, TX — Heroes on the Water (HOW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Pikna as Executive Director, effective August 2013. “We are thrilled that Bob will be leading our organization into the future,” said Jim Dolan, President and Founder. “Bob served as a HOW Director the past year and brings a wealth of business and organizational development skill and passion for our mission.”


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Allen, TX – Heroes On The Water (HOW) announced today it will participate in Giving Day, September 19, 2013, 7:00am to Midnight, Central Time. Donate $25 or more online at  and your gift will be multiplied by the Communities Foundation!

This event is for One Day Only – September 19th

Giving Day donations to HOW in 2012 totaled $16,300 that helped provide 3,038 veteran kayak fishing days that year. Help us meet our 2013 goal to raise $20,000 online this year to serve more warriors and their families.

The Mission Starts Here:
Between 7:00am and Midnight, go to… and donate to Heroes on the Water.

Your donation can be directed to a specific HOW Chapter by noting the chapter name in the message field.

Impact of your Donation:

$25   Join the Mission:  Become a member of Heroes on the Water

$45   Give one wounded veteran a half day of kayak fishing

$135  Give one wounded veteran a day of kayak fishing

$800  Give one fully equipped kayak for program use

We invite you to join with us to help our wounded service men and women relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors.

Thank you!

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