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Local Chapter a Good Outlet for Veterans
TERRE HAUTE, IND., November 14, 2013 – Team River Runner has made its debut in the Wabash Valley this year and is looking to expand their membership. Public Relations students from Indiana State University have joined with the program to inform the community about its importance to local wounded veterans. Over the next few weeks, the students, along with local wounded veterans, will be visiting the Terre Haute Rotary and the VFW to inform the community of its presence as well as looking for new members to join. The students are also setting up a small display at the local Veteran’s Museum.
Local wounded Veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, actively participates in Team River Runner and was recently the first blind man to kayak the Colorado River. He will be accompanying the students at the Terre Haute Rotary to speak and get the word out about the group. Brian Mundell, owner of the Terre Haute Veteran’s museum is enthusiastic about getting a display set up in the museum. “Anything I can do to help veterans,” Mundell said when discussing the display. Dr. Don Rogers, a veteran and Indiana State Professor, started the local Team River Runner chapter and said that the group just wants to get “butts in boats.”
Team River Runner looks forward to welcoming new members at the Indiana State University arena pool at their practices every other Friday from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. The chapter website, http://www.teamriverrunner.org, provides up to date information about dates and locations. Dr. Don Rogers can be contacted at email@example.com for any questions about the organization or to donate kayaking supplies.
The Terre Haute River Runner chapter just started last year and has had a good response but is still looking for donations and local participation. The aim for the next year is to get more local veterans involved and go on more outdoor adventures.
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HISTORY OF ORGANIZATION:
Team River Runner (TRR), established in August 2004 by kayakers in the Washington, DC area, is a primarily volunteer non-profit organization run by a council of kayakers and overseen by a board of directors. TRR was initially established to help active duty military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who were recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. With the success there obvious and the opportunity elsewhere apparent, TRR expanded to other Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) chapter sites in 2007.
Team River Runner envisions a national network which creates innovative paddling programs designed to assist with the recovery of those injured while serving our country. Through paddle sports, TRR volunteers and partners provide local communities unique opportunities for the active, safe and positive support of healing service members and their families.
TRR envisions a growing national chapter network which creates innovative paddling programs designed to assist with the recovery of those injured while serving our country. TRR volunteers and partners provide local communities unique opportunities for the active, safe and positive support of healing service members and their families.
Wounded service members endure many months of surgeries, physical and readjustment therapy, prosthetic fittings, and other life changes. Against this backdrop, those who are able will welcome a chance to pick up a new challenge, and get out of the daily routine of their treatment for a day. They are attracted to whitewater and adventure kayaking because it offers an exciting way to improve their health, strength, and connection with nature.
CALL TO ACTION
Even if you’re not a paddler, we need volunteers at all our sites. Please contact the representative listed at the local chapter and they’ll sign you up!
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