The 2016 AHERO "Warrior Hook-Up" weekend is just around the corner. This event brings wounded and injured service members and Veterans from around the country together to experience three days of Pensacola Beach activities and a full day of fishing with local boat owners and anglers. Many of these service members have never met before, but they will leave this weekend with long lasting friendships.
Over the weekend, these Veterans will share stories of combat and the obstacles of post-deployment. They will also share plenty of laughs, smiles, and slaps on the back. Veterans who come to Pensacola will find a supportive community with rich military history. There are great support networks for the nation's retired and still serving. For some AHERO participants who are from areas that do not come from communities active in military support, this experience is refreshing.
AHERO was created in 2009 by Major Lee Stuckey, USMC, who wanted to provide a sense of brotherhood among injured Veterans. Through providing an opportunity for shared experiences and camaraderie, Maj Stuckey hopes to decrease in the high number of suicides among Veterans in the United States. An estimated 22-29 US Veterans lose the battle against the invisible wounds of war that linger far beyond combat and commit suicide each and
every day. Since its creation, more than 740 Veterans have benefited by participating in AHERO events.
AHERO would like to extend an invitation to all local boaters and anglers to join us at this year’s AHERO Armada, where we will be launching at the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk Pier on August 19 at 7:00 am. The launch will be video recorded via an aerial drone and will demonstrate community support for not only "Warrior Hook-Up” weekend, but for AHERO’s overall mission. We invite all boaters and anglers to attend this event. You can register your boat here.
Not a boat owner, but would still like to donate? You can easily donate to this event here. Thank you for your support.