When Pure Fishing learned about HOW’s mission, they knew that our goals were in alignment with their values of inclusivity, diversity and generating joy and hope through fishing.
Volunteers are the heart of Heroes On The Water - without them, our organization cannot thrive. Read about two long-term volunteers and why they’re passionate about giving back through HOW.
“Everyone thinks that because you retire as a Colonel and go to work for a Fortune 70 company and rise to COO of a major segment you had it all planned out. That’s simply not true.” - Neil Mullaney, Colonel (Ret) USAF
Scott Null is a retired police officer who unknowingly spent years coping with Post Traumatic Stress. He and his wife Camille spoke to HOW about the ways that the outdoors, including kayak fishing, can provide healing to first responders.
Neil Mullaney, Col (Ret) USAF cannot stay retired. He has tried – twice. When Heroes on the Water (HOW) came calling, Neil found himself intrigued enough to come out of his second retirement to start a new leadership role.
Kayaking fishing and excursions are proven to improve overall wellness for veterans and first responders! HOW Ambassadors are spreading the word about the impact of the programs.
“One minute you are enjoying your life, and the next people are dying all around you and you are running for your life. It leaves a permanent mark.” ~Priscilla Horvath, Heroes on the Water Volunteer Program Coordinator
Officer Keith Mackenzie is a father of three who has built a 28-year career as a police officer in Bethel, Connecticut. He is the Assistant Coordinator for HOW’s Western Connecticut Chapter and is an avid sportsman, fisherman and kayaker. He says he recognized the positive impact Heroes on the Water has made in his close friend Mike Libertini who is the Coordinator for the chapter.
“The years I’ve participated have meant so much to me,” says Chaz. “I have met amazing people who have lost loved ones while defending our country. I’ve met kids who are growing up without a parent because of that dedication.”
Starting a HOW Chapter doesn’t just impact the participants who join in on events, it also positively impacts each volunteer and your entire community at large. When we offer healing to our veterans who have given so much, to our first responders who serve us daily, and to their families we are creating a healthier world for everyone.