A BIG THANKS TO OUR VETERANS
LAST FALL, A RETIRED NAVY FRIEND, a man who loved being on his boat,
crossed the bar. A stranger catching his docklines would not have known
why he was a little lopsided and bent over, but some of us knew it was
the legacy of being a POW for five years in Vietnam. On a summer day,
a few years ago, he happened to be alongside the marina dock when my preteen son
accidentally fell in the water. He quietly asked if the kid would like a hand, and with a
twinkle in his eye, agreed not to make a big deal of it. That day he earned a special place
in my son’s heart; he’d long had a spot in mine.
In spite of the daily physical reminder of tougher times spent serving his country, our
friend had a wonderfully strong spirit, reveling in the joy that boating could bring him.
For his family and friends, seeing the pleasure our favorite pastime could give this hero
was a small reminder of how boating helps create balance in all of our lives.
This month, on page 44, Dave Livingston, an Army soldier, writes movingly about
his love for boating and what it’s meant to him to look forward to spending time on
the water. He is one of the more than 2. 6 million American veterans of the Iraq and
Afghanistan wars, an estimated 20 percent of whom battle post-traumatic stress disorder
Over the last few years, programs for veterans have grown, including several on-the-water ones, but we can do more to help those returning. As a start, BoatU.S. is now
offering half-price Membership dues ($15) for Active Duty Military, as well as 10 percent
off our towing services. Please help us share the word, and what you already know – that
being on the water is magically healing.
We’ve also found several boat manufacturers offering discounts. As we hear of more,
we’ll keep you posted on www.BoatUS.com/Magazine
Summer is the time we like to celebrate our great country – with parades and
barbecues, and hopefully lots of time with family and friends on the water. This year,
would you help us say thanks to our veterans? Maybe you team up with a local veterans
organization, or your boat club hosts
an event? With the size of BoatU.S.
Membership, how great would it be
for us to get these returning veterans
out on boats?
Have a great summer and see you
on the water!
Margaret Bonds Podlich
VOLUME XX, No. 4, AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014
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Margaret recently ran into BoatU.S.
Member Joshua Sacker, who boats out
of Hampton Roads, Virginia.