Your Wounded Waters Resource Center
Wounded Waters was started when Kevin took 1 Soldier out fishing that changed his life forever. The Soldier he took fishing was a typical good Soldier and liked fishing. After the day was over the young Soldier told Kevin “Thank You” and Kevin thought nothing of it, Then the Soldier said “No really Thank You” Kevin asked him why and what’s going on and the kid explained that he was planning on committing suicide that evening. Kevin sat down with the kid and talked and found that being out fishing talking with another veteran helped him deal with some issues. And that’s how the Wounded Waters idea was formed. Over the next few years Kevin continued to take Soldiers and Vets fishing and it started to grow large enough that we filled for 501©3 status with the IRS. The Non-Profit just recently moved down to FL and is doing trips on a regular basis.
CHRIS ENGLISH (Retired Army SSG)
We finished 2023 strong and have a lot of lasting memories with our Hero’s. We managed to take out over 70 Veterans/First Responders within 28 fishing trips. We started to formalize our Dive therapy and certification programs this year enabling 8 Hero’s that become PADI Open Water Divers and 4 other Veterans taking their certification all the way to Rescue and Dive Master. Saltwater Therapy through fishing, diving or just hanging out on the boat brings laughs, smiles, and good conversations and this is what it’s all about. We strive to engage all our Hero’s when they are on our adventures to help them resolve any un-foreseen scars from trauma. The road these Veterans face can be a very dark place and there is no magic pill for healing. Sometimes it takes a day or even a lifetime to finally get some resolve, but we are here to help during their journey. Three of our board members are in the process of becoming State Certified Peer support specialist where we can offer better counseling to our Vets. We are looking forward to a great year in 2024 and extremely excited to see what we can accomplish in the future. Thank you to everyone that has helped us get to this point.