Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Gig Harbor, WA
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Re: My vision
I live in an area with lots of Vets and many of my patients are disabled Vets or their families who are dealing with the realities of PTSD. As such, I think that anything you can do to help provide an outlet for these folks is wonderful. I don't know a lot, but from what I can gather any way that folks dealing with PTSD can connect with others is a positive thing. Any activity can do this as it isn't the activity that is important but the connection with others in the process.
Just a couple thoughts....
Too many of our Vets, particularly those with PTSD, have substance abuse issues. As such, you might want to make your sailing outings or get togethers "dry" events.
Proper funding could be an issue. Simply put, not too many will be eager to fund what they might perceive as your sailing adventure. You may have better luck approaching an existing veteran's group with a proposal and seeing if they want to take the project under their umbrella. They will already have financing contacts, the non-profit status, and a board of directors that can ensure that it is handled properly. That would give you the opportunity to concentrate on the actual mission of the project instead of the financial details for which few of us are qualified. Bottom line, I think it is a good idea for a good cause. If you agree, it is a project that you could help initiate and support, even if it isn't you that is actually skippering the trip.
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