Program Aims to Get Veterans on the Water, Reduce Stress
By Sara Kirkley, Weekend Anchor / Reporter - email
A local veteran is hoping to heal his fellow fighters by getting them out on the water.
Adam Dresden took over the Heartland Chapter of Heroes on the Water back in October.
It gets veterans like him out in a kayak.
The national program boasts a more than 75 percent reduction in both stress and hyper vigilance.
It's something Dresden knows all too well after being involved in a parachute accident while serving.
"Someone said 'here, let's go fishing' when I was sitting at home with depression, and it kind of probably saved my life,” he said. “So that's why I do it, because I know the program will work and get somebody out there and we might save their life, too."
Dresden said without sponsors like the Boat Dock, he would have never been able to afford the boats to revamp the program here in Nebraska.
He said veterans, regardless of their disability, can participate with special kayaks.