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Veterans Rowing Across Atlantic to Raise Money for Military PTSD Relief – AARP

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Members of the Foar From Home veteran rowing team stand on the dock next to their boat.

An important cause  

The service members’ main fundraising beneficiary, K9s for Warriors, is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for veterans. Most of the dogs, which are trained to alleviate service-connected traumas, are rescued from animal shelters or surrendered by their owners, often saving them from abandonment or euthanasia. After being rescued, the dogs are specially trained to aid veterans suffering from PTSD. Dogs unable to “graduate” from the training program are instead adopted to homes or enter the K9FW Station Dog Program, which helps mitigate stress common to dispatch operators, first responders and police officers.

“As veterans, we know all too well how many service members often struggle with a variety of issues including cognitive mental health issues such as PTSD, reintegration into their communities or families, identity issues, thoughts of suicide or financial issues,” said team member and Navy veteran A.M. “Hupp” Huppman, 55. “We hope our fundraising efforts and awareness will help some of those brave men and women who have fought so hard for this country.”  

Although no U.S. team has ever won this challenge, the team members have been blown away by the positive response they received even before embarking on the trip.

“We really can’t thank the community enough for their donations that have now exceeded $500,000 and to the rowing coaches at Jacksonville University who have spent months training four middle-aged men who have never rowed before,” said Air Force veteran Cameron Hansen, 49. 

Anyone who would like to support the Foar From Home team and help fight veteran suicide may donate here.

Aaron Kassraie writes about issues important to military veterans and their families for AARP. He also serves as a general assignment reporter. Kassraie previously covered U.S. foreign policy as a correspondent for the Kuwait News Agency’s Washington bureau and worked in news gathering for USA Today and Al Jazeera English.

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Source: https://www.aarp.org/home-family/voices/veterans/info-2021/row-across-atlantic-ptsd.html

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