Sail To Re­cov­ery Event Slated In Septem­ber

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At its River­bank head­quar­ters, Amer­i­can Veter­ans First of­fi­cials re­cently an­nounced the date for the sec­ond an­nual Sail to Re­cov­ery pro­gram, Take A Vet­eran Sail­ing.

“From the statis­tics compiled by the U.S. De­part­ment of Veter­ans Af­fairs (VA), ap­prox­i­mately 83,000 veter­ans live in The Greater Cen­tral Val­ley and Cen­tral Foothills. It is be­cause of this that Amer­i­can Veter­ans First and Stock­ton Sail­ing Club have part­nered with their ex­per­tise to pro­vide ef­fec­tive sail­ing ther­apy for Vet­eran and First Re­spon­der com­mu­ni­ties,” said Duke Cooper, CEO at Amer­i­can Veter­ans First. “The sail­ing ther­apy is sim­i­lar in con­cept to veter­ans work­ing with horses or be­ing ex­posed to a stress­ful environment where they can show a suc­cess. Sail­ing brings men­tal re­lief to our veter­ans and first re­spon­ders. There is defini­tively no doubt that sail­ing heals and we are proud to say that we con­trib­ute to this heal­ing process.”

The Sec­ond An­nual Sail to Re­cov­ery Take A Vet­eran Sail­ing, sail­ing for health and well-be­ing, is set for Satur­day, Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m.

Open to all veter­ans, ac­tive duty, first re­spon­ders, and fam­i­lies who sup­port them.

Host site is the Stock­ton Sail­ing Club, 4980 Buck­ley Cove Way, Stock­ton.

A late lunch of burg­ers, chips, and re­fresh­ments at a cost of $10 will be served around 3:30 pm.

Space is lim­ited. Pr­ereg­is­tra­tion is re­quired. For ques­tions or more in­for­ma­tion about this pro­gram event, con­tact pro­gram of­fi­cials at sail­tore­cov­ery@gmail.com.

This pro­gram is made pos­si­ble by Amer­i­can Veter­ans First, Stock­ton Sail­ing Club and a num­ber of gen­er­ous spon­sors.

“Even though at times it can be seen as ex­treme, this sail­ing ac­tiv­ity is not dan­ger­ous. Tak­ing veter­ans sail­ing pro­vides an of­ten new and defini­tively lib­er­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Veter­ans are ex­posed to new sounds, new feel­ings, new or re­newed so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and new types of chal­lenges,” said Kevin Fox, Sail to Re­cov­ery pro­gram direc­tor and Board Pres­i­dent at Amer­i­can Veter­ans First. “Sail­ing at Stock­ton Sail­ing Club and be­ing sup­ported by oth­ers while on a sail­boat on the San Joaquin River Deep Wa­ter Chan­nel at the Port of Stock­ton ex­poses our veter­ans to pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive stress. It forces each vet­eran to work with other un­fa­mil­iar veter­ans to make a team that gets the boat mov­ing.”

Amer­i­can Veter­ans First is a 501(c)(3) pub­lic char­ity.

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Regis­tra­tion is on now for the Sec­ond An­nual Sail to Re­cov­ery event through the Stock­ton Sail­ing Club and Amer­i­can Veter­ans First, set for Satur­day, Sept. 22 from noon to 5 p.m.

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