CSC is proud to offer FREE sailing for veterans through our sister organization Pay4ward. Ray Hayes, the founder of Pay4ward, is a Vietnam combat veteran whose passion for sailing led him to the realization that an ongoing, open and positive communication can evolve from spending an afternoon sailing.
Pay4ward, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, reintegrates combat vets into society through sailing. Day sailing in an open boat requires teamwork and communication. It involves shared physical activities and develops camaraderie for the vets involved.
“As a Vietnam combat veteran, I was guarded about any involvement with the VA. In 2006 I began my journey with the VA to finally recognize my PTSD after 40 years. I began to realize it was OK to talk about Vietnam. I was fortunate enough to experience two different sailing ventures with young combat vets and realized what a positive impact it had on all of us. I envision that my passion for sailing will be beneficial to other combat vets in finding a purpose in their lives.” – Ray Hayes
Are you a veteran who would like to go sailing? No experience required, and it’s free of charge. Contact Ray at 860-227-4154 or ray [at] pay4ward [dot] org
Click here to contribute to Pay4ward’s mission. All donations are fully tax-deductible, and will support Pay4ward’s mission to reintegrate combat vets into society through sailing.