Helping Hands, Part II
I found out about the VA’s National Summer Sports Clinic for recently injured veterans in San Diego while doing some research for a sailing non-profit I planned to start that would offer recreational and training opportunities to the kids who ended up residing in Walter Reed or Bethesda after returning from far away. I finally decided that as there were groups doing just that, it’d be senseless to start another; I’d help out the ones already there. For the record, the similar local group here in the mid-Atlantic region is Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, or CRAB for short.
As I had some personal contact with the VA (a disabled vet myself) I wrangled an invitation to volunteer despite getting involved a bit late. I only had to get from DC to SD to make it happen. Filing paperwork and getting set up was made easy with the aid of Bob and Urban from Challenged America, and with my company generously granting me community service time, it was pack the seabag and hop on the plane.