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R.O.V.E.R offering help for wounded veterans

Adaptive Sailing with R.O.V.E.R.

When our service members are permanently injured their lives change in an instant.

They need time to heal and recover from their psychical injuries. Most of the time they're taken off their job, and separated from their fellow service members. Many times they are sent home to their families, and sometimes they're all alone.

Chattanooga based R.O.V.E.R or Regional Outreach Veterans Engagement Resources is working to help these veterans.

Seth Wade is a Navy veteran. He was injured in a car wreck in Italy a year ago.

"I broke three vertebrae in my back," Mr. Wade said. "(I) broke two of my ribs, shattered my jaw, broke my scapula, and I have a moderate brain injury."

Seth now uses a wheel chair to get around. This week he is in Chattanooga with a group of other wounded veterans working to improve their quality of life.

"We've brought adaptive sailing out here to the Privateer Yacht Club" James Macrellis, Army veteran and R.O.V.E.R. founder, said. "We've taken veterans with multiple types of injuries, both cognitive and physical, and we're teaching them how to sail."

The veterans spend Tuesday morning on the water, and the afternoon working on the fundamentals.

"Getting people off the couch, and out doing activities is absolutely crucial to the recovery to a lot of the veterans," Betsy Alison, U.S. Paralympic Team Coach and R.O.V.E.R. volunteer, said. "They are so used to working in teams. When they come home they find themselves isolated and alone, and not in a position to be able to work with people in a team activity or sport. That's why sailing is so great."

Sailing is on the schedule for the first part of the week, and volleyball later in the week for these veterans.

"My vision is to basically be able to be the go to organization for veterans, and their families in the area for recreational therapeutic events."

R.O.V.E.R. offers recreational therapy like this but the organization also helps with job training and employment as well as micro grants for veterans in need.

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