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Sail to Recovery

This coming Saturday, Stockton Sailing Club will host the second annual Sail to Recovery, Take a Veteran Sailing day. The event is open to all veterans, active-duty military, first responders, and the families who support them. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. A late lunch of burgers, chips and refreshments will be served around 3:30 p.m. The event costs $10. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

"Approximately 83,000 veterans live in the greater Central Valley and central foothills," a Sail to Recovery press release said, adding that because of these numbers, American Veterans First and Stockton Sailing Club have partnered to provide effective sailing therapy for veteran and first-responder communities. Duke Cooper, CEO at American Veterans First, said that, "Sailing therapy is similar in concept to veterans working with horses; it brings mental relief to our veterans and first responders, and there’s no doubt that sailing heals. We are proud to contribute to this healing process."

We went sailing with another veterans’ group last year. Wooden Boats for Veterans works with local courts and takes vets for sails on the Bay. From left to right: Vietnam vet Mike Hogan, district attorney Greg Mendez and Latitude editor Tim.

© 2018 Terry Moran

"The Stockton Sailing Club has been instrumental in making the program successful," Kevin Fox, the Sail to Recovery program director, told us. "Taking veterans sailing provides a new and liberating experience. Veterans are exposed to new sounds, new feelings, new or renewed social interaction and new types of challenges."

For more information, contact Kevin Fox here.

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