Five Blinded Veterans to Kayak Colorado River 

 

  

              Five members of the Congressionally Chartered Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) are joining together for first ever attempt of 5 blinded veterans kayaking the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon this September. Under the umbrella of the Operation Peer Support (OPS) Program for Gulf War I and Gulf War II era veterans, four army veterans and one Navy veteran will spend the week of September 2-11, 2018 kayaking some of the most difficult water rapids in the United States. For over seven months they have been in training with experts from the non-profit Team River Runner (TRR) that promotes kayaking and team water recreational programs for disabled veterans.

 

              Team River Runner (TRR) is an adaptive paddling adventure program for wounded and disabled veterans, their family members, and other non- military disabled paddlers in communities across the nation. TRR began service to the returning wounded at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in 2004, and since their formation, has put over 10,000 veterans into kayaks in more than 60 Chapters nationwide.

                  The team is led by Dave Robey, a retired Navy Captain and the Program Director of TRR and blinded Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell from BVA. Other veteran participants include retired Army Corporal Steve Baskis and Corporal Travis Fugate; LTC Kathy Champion (Ret. Army); and Corporal Brian Harris (Ret. Army). 

 

 For more information contact Lonnie Bedwell at 812-648-2373 or Chet Curtis at 202-371-8880, ext 316 or email: ccurtis@bva.org