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Feb 21, 2015

Vessels for Veterans

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Vessels for Veterans, a non-profit based in Connecticut, engages in some very admirable and much needed projects designed to help returning veterans get a leg-up after returning home from combat.  The organization was founded in 2008 by commercial lobsterman John Niekrash, who decided he wanted to take action and give back after hearing the story of a wounded warrior’s unwavering dedication and service after having been severely injured in Iraq.  “Hearing a call to action, John decided that the boat that had served him well for seventeen years should go to someone who had served his country. Krasher I was refurbished and donated to USMC Reservist Richard Giguere who served two tours in Iraq and later in Afghanistan. Richard is now working the boat in Narragansett Bay, RI as a commercial fisherman.”

Since 2008, the organization has grown considerably and expanded its operations to include the matching of donations of  vessels, vehicles, equipment, tools and electronics to veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan as they start a business or pursue career education.  They also partner with other national veterans organizations to help connect returning vets with the essential rehabilitative, educational and employment services they need.  Donations are provided by both businessmen and individuals who want to give back to these returning vets.  Vessels for Veterans has helped countless returning veterans get a new start as they return home from combat.  You can learn more about the group and the incredible work they do by visiting their website at www.workvesselsforveterans.org

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