“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
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.
While the cognitive impacts of spending time in nature are desirable, there are also other emotional, physiological benefits to increasing your time outdoors, particularly if water is involved.
Whether you or someone you love have recently been diagnosed with PTS or are just looking for ways to cope, there is a wide spectrum of mental health practices to help you cope.
“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
In the years since its inception as a federal holiday, Memorial Day has become a marker for the beginning of Summer. But as with many holidays, sometimes the true meaning of Memorial Day can get lost in all of the marketing.
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.”