Allen, TX - Heroes on the Water (HOW) announced today that they received a grant in the amount of $50,000 from Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The grant will fund kayak fishing excursions for injured and disabled service members and veterans.
"We are delighted to receive this grant which will support our unique kayak fishing program, said Hilanne Myers, executive director, HOW. Our program provides an outdoor therapeutic experience that yields independence, recovery, and the chance to cast a more positive outlook on life."
"WWP is very proud to be collaborating with so many diverse organizations through our grant program as we understand that only by working together with additional organizations will we be able to meet all of the needs of our Wounded Warriors," said Steven Nardizzi, executive director, WWP. "We believe in order to ensure this generation of injured veterans is the most successful and well-adjusted in our nation's history we must create a strong network of community resources united in support of them."
It is estimated over 48,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in recent military conflicts, another 320,000 have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment, and as many as 400,000 additional service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
About Heroes on the Water
Heroes on the Water (HOW) is a 501 (c)(3) national organization based in Allen, TX, serving injured service members and disabled veterans across the country to help them relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate into society through kayak fishing and the outdoors. In 5 years, HOW has provided over 4,100 veteran days on the water with the support of 1100+ volunteers, now operating with 35 chapters in 22 states. Visit HeroesOnTheWater.org.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
New Directors Appointed to HOW Board
Heroes on the Water has added six new directors. From varying backgrounds and professions, the new board brings different perspectives to lead and govern the national organization that helps wounded veterans heal and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors.
The new board of directors includes Cary G. Clayborn, Vice-President, Manning & Napier and Partner, ABT Global; Simon J. Neicheri, CPA, Management Consultant, KPMG; Bob Pikna, Principal, Biz Svcs; James C. Robison, Vice-Chairman, Animal Health International, Inc.; Keith Southerland, Senior Client Partner, Korn/Ferry International; and Keith A. Tibbits, Jr., Partner, Integrity-Partners, LLC.
"I am incredibly impressed by the talent of our new board members," said Jim Dolan, President."Each brings great expertise and energy to our leadership group. I look forward to working with these exceptional individuals and the guidance and leadership they bring to Heroes on the Water for the benefit of the wounded veterans we serve."
The Board of Directors shapes the vision of Heroes on the Water and makes significant strategic, financial, governance, personnel and other overarching organizational decisions. Jim Dolan remains the President of the Board. Continuing as members are Dave Winston, Vice-President; Alex G. Blue, Secretary; C. Dewey Elliott III, Treasurer; and Mark Crumblish, Director.