As we say goodbye to 2023, we carry with us stories of triumph, resilience, and unity. Whether focused on service, growth as a community, or precious moments on the water, each narrative adds to the intricate fabric of our shared experiences.
Peer support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer support uses the understanding of another’s situation through shared experiences.
Post-Traumatic Stress is not a one size fits all diagnosis. It can happen to anyone for a variety of reasons, including military combat and law enforcement as a career. The PTS symptoms that impact these heroes can be minimized through outdoor therapy.
“Being able to utilize aquatic therapy and getting on the water with my peers and people that have the same problems that I do to reset and talk about family helps us feel better about ourselves. We need that help.”
As a Clinical Psychologist having seen some of the worst actions our military endured in Afghanistan, Bob Bischoff understands the healing power of Heroes on the Water kayak fishing programs.
Law enforcement and first responders benefit from recreational therapeutic programs such as kayak fishing, as demonstrated by the Music City Chapter of Heroes on the Water.
Families of veterans and first responders also serve, often in ways many of us do not understand. When it comes to providing a fun event that provides healing and harmony, kayak fishing with Heroes on the Water chapters fills the bill.
Heroes on the Water has two programs that align so that our veterans and active-duty military can consistently receive the powerful healing of kayak fishing. The effect is a long-term positive impact for our heroes and their families.
When Andrew Beaudoin retired from the Army, he found kayak fishing provided a way to overcome his post-traumatic stress symptoms. Now he helps other veterans find the 3 P’s of outdoor recreational therapy.
Kayak fishing is recreational therapy that provides healing and community. For HOW's Galveston chapter coordinator John, it is using his childhood hobby to provide healing for veterans, first responders and their families.