For the past few weeks, a local organization has been out on the water raising awareness on veteran suicide and recognition to peer-to-peer veteran programming.

The Hudson Valley Center for Veteran Reintegration or HVCVR created a program a little later this summer to get Hudson Valley veterans out on the water with homemade kayaks. h

HVCVR launched off on June 12 by Lake Tear of the Clouds. The group backpacked and will now navigate on the Hudson River 315 miles all the way down to Manhattan and will conclude their trip with a visit to Ground Zero.

The weather this weekend was a little rocky for our vets out on the water. We got a heads up from Erica Prindle, who is coordinating the kayakers locations, that Sunday was the only day so far that the group wasn't able to travel. Prindle explained:

the wind was not in their favor, and the water wasn’t too kind. They look to get back at it at 0800, traveling from Catskill to Saugerties, potentially Kingston. The northern part of the trip was mostly smooth sailing, and the marinas that they have docked at have been amazing to them! Dutch Apple in Albany, Coeyman’s Landing, and Riverview Marina in Catskill have gone out of their way to provide for these Veterans.
If you would like to catch a glimpse of the team out there on the Hudson River here is their tentative schedule:
Kingston: September 15th
Poughkeepsie: September 18th
Newburgh: September 21st
West Point: September 23rd
Westchester: September 25th
NYC: September 30th
For more details on how to donate to the cause and to follow along on their journey follow Vets-On-Water on Facebook.