HOW it works!

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Jim Dolan
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HOW it works!

#1 Post by Jim Dolan » Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:39 am

Heroes on the Water - Story on a wounded vet about HOW kayak fishing saved his life - - Jason Austin in Louisiana is a wounded vet and a Heroes on the Water participant and volunteer.
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July 2012, Louisiana – “I know kayak fishing saved my life. I had a world convinced I was ok but my demons won more battles than I did. Kayak fishing gave me something to look forward to: Therapy for myself and group therapy when I fished with friends!” – Jason Austin
Jason Austin, a local Louisianan, has come up with an innovative marketing strategy to increase awareness of the national wounded veterans program Heroes on the Water (HOW), that helps warriors heal through the therapeutic benefits of kayak fishing. Austin has decided to wrap his truck and kayak in a redfish design with the Heroes on the Water logo blown up on the side. He has also add a QR code, which leads to the HOW website for people who want to know more. Austin came up with the idea after having seen how much attention other wrapped vehicles got. He thought, what better way to get the word out!
Austin is a retired Sergeant First Class Military Policeman, and has been a member of HOW since 2010 when he joined the Tampa chapter. He first heard about HOW in 2007 when he was in the hospital after his vehicle struck two IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) in Iraq. Austin suffered severe injuries from the explosion and was in several hospitals, medical hold units, Community Based Health Care Organizations and Warrior Transition Battalions for the next 900+ days. Austin had cervical and lumbar injuries, left frontal and parietal brain injury, hearing and vision loss, and his right leg and abdomen required surgery. After 3 years where he had surgeries, rehabilitation, in patient programs, cognitive therapy and went through a medical board, he was medically retired in 2010.
After having retired, Austin, faced with a life changing event, was physically limited to what he could do and struggled with Post Traumatic Stress and physical pain. He felt lost, out of touch with everything he had ever known and rapidly reaching the end of his rope. That is when he was reunited with the idea of kayak fishing. Austin joined the Tampa HOW chapter and was immediately hooked. He found something he could do that was challenging and therapeutic at the same time: “I believe in HOW and its mission. People don't always understand the pain involved with returning vets. Just because they look like they are physically ok standing in front of you, you don't know what scars their clothes cover up or the mental pain they hide behind their eyes. Being on the water is a natural pain killer for us, that's why I'm involved.”

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yak-gear
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#2 Post by yak-gear » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:41 am

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Jason Austin's truck and yak ..

Thanks Jim that's a great story of how a simple paddle and fish can change and help a life.

See and read more about Jason Austin
http://heroesonthewater.org/component/c ... truck-page

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yak-gear
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#3 Post by yak-gear » Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:51 am

check out this video... tells a graphic and great story...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCOd5_Z ... ata_player

Andrew

www.HowAus.org

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stealthfisha
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#4 Post by stealthfisha » Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:18 pm

This is brilliant
Ive served and can agree some vets come back with their own demons....its not always evident at first but it sneaks up on you...shit feeling....well done on this becsuse getting out there paddling works for PTSD...it aint fun. :smart:
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tonystott
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Re: HOW it works!

#5 Post by tonystott » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:33 pm

Andrew,
I am sitting here with the HOW decal on the bow of my TI, feeling guilty because I haven't yet had the opportunity to brighten the lives of others in a similar situation.

Champing at the bit to help...
Tony Stott
2012 Hobie Tandem Island "SIC EM" with Hobie spinnaker

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yak-gear
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Re: HOW it works!

#6 Post by yak-gear » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:30 am

We all are Tony...
The main thing now is that we are here with plenty of volunteers.
We continue to advertise where we can and we keep spreading the word.
We wil also soon have a fully committed team in S.A

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