“A Journey of Awareness”
teaching veterans how to build their very own kayak through a grassroots
program called the Veterans Wooden Boat Workshop, it was understood that there is
a greater need for more peer-to-peer veteran programming and the Hudson Valley
Center (HVCVR) for Veteran Reintegration was born.
A nod to the Veterans Wooden Boat Workshop, the HVCVR will be taking its first massive kayak trip down the Hudson River. The trip will begin at Lake Tear of the Cloud, the source of the Hudson River and the “beginning of a journey” for those who choose to partake in the group excursion. As the kayakers travel down the river, other sources of water join and it grows, becoming stronger. This represents the Veteran. The trip totals 315 miles.
Being on the water has an incredible healing power as it is known to reduce stress, anxiety, and increase happiness-all of these being the core reasons as to why the Center exists. The goal of this trip is not only to raise awareness for the Center and what it does but to also educate the public as to why the Center is needed.
More than 6,100 veterans died by suicide in 2017 (most recent available data.) This number does not include deaths caused by a variety of other issues facing our veterans such as accidental overdoses brought on by addiction as well as homelessness. This number is unacceptable and the Center is committed to raising awareness and providing programming to aid in the fight against this epidemic. However, this can not be done without the proper funding. The Center needs your help.
Please support this effort by submitting a donation to the Center to celebrate the Kayak Trip to Manhattan where those who participated will also visit Ground Zero. Ground Zero holds a special significance to all Americans but especially to our Post-9/11 Veterans, a generation of service members currently at the highest risk of suicide. Whether you choose to donate a single dollar or a dollar per mile kayaked-anything is appreciated and will go directly towards the services offered at the Center.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 25, 2020
Kevin Keaveny, President
VETS-ON-WATER KAYAK TRIP TO LAUNCH ON JUNE 12
A Veterans journey of healing, community, and awareness
The Hudson Valley Center for Veteran Reintegration (HVCVR) is taking a little trip! Led by two HVCVR board members, the group is expected to expand as all organizations and individuals are invited to join on the river, fly their banners, share their mission, support HVCVR, and show our Veterans the many assets available to them!
Depending on weather and water level conditions, the group will Kayak from either Lake Tear of the Clouds (identifies as the source of the Hudson River) or backpack until they hit the first navigable waterway, beginning on June 12.
The trip will conclude in Manhattan with a visit to Ground Zero, totalling approximately 315 miles upon conclusion. The goal is to cover 22 miles a day, but this will vary at certain stretches due to hazards, weather, tides, and geographic challenges.
The mission of this trip is twofold: first to bring awareness to the needs of our Veteran community, alternative therapeutic programs that help battle the fight against Veteran/active duty suicide, and mental health challenges and homelessness. Second, to help the HVCVR raise desperately needed funding to continue its programs by finding a permanent location that includes office space, classrooms, and workshop areas. While the HVCVR is extremely fortunate to have its current location, they have outgrown it and is unable to serve all that are seeking services.
The HVCVR hopes that many kayakers will join in on this adventure and help share its message of awareness! To learn more about the HVCVR, please visit hvcvr.org or Facebook.com/HVCVR.