The Stars & Stripes Charity Fishing Tournament was held June 13-14, 2019, in Newburg, Maryland. All proceeds from the event directly benefited Rivers of Recovery.

Stars & Stripes Charity Fishing Tournament Supports Wounded Military Veterans Mid River Guide Service hosted the tournament. Rivers of Recovery would like to thank our sponsors for this event: Lockheed Martin, Cubic Corporation, Emergent BioSolutions, United Technologies Corporation, Altria Client Services, Milne, Wiener & Shofe, Global Strategies, Natural Resource Results, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, AMOS, Zachary Hartman, Mid River Guide Services and Yeti.

Charity Fishing Tournament Supports Combat Veterans

“Emergent BioSolutions is proud to support Rivers of Recovery, whose outdoor-based programs have made a significant impact on the lives of our veterans,” said Lynn Kieffer, VP Corporate Communications at Emergent BioSolutions. “Our partnership with Rivers of Recovery helps us to extend our mission — to protect and enhance life — into the communities that we serve.”

Each Rivers of Recovery trip hosts six to ten combat veterans on a four-day, science-based, experiential program. The trips focus on confidence-building, outdoor activities, talk therapy in a relaxed, positive environment, and proven techniques on the self-management of symptoms, stressors and responses.

Through philanthropic contributions and events like this one, participants can participant in Rivers of Recovery trips at no cost. A donation of $2,500 covers airfare, lodging, guiding/instruction, meals and research study for one veteran.

Cutting-Edge Combat Veteran Recovery Program

It’s a program that’s directly affected the lives of many U.S. military veterans, including Jose Jauregui, U.S. Army, A 2/17 Field Artillery.

Jose is the sole survivor of a 122-mm rocket attack that struck his howitzer near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Jose sustained 3rd degree burns over 75% of his body, lost most of his fingers on his left hand and most use of the right. Given just a 3% chance of living, after nearly a year in the hospital and more than 70 surgeries, he beat the odds and now volunteers with Rivers of Recovery.

Through Rivers of Recovery, “I met other veterans around me going through similar things,” Jose said. “They see me going through the same stuff as they are. I think we help each other, and that’s what it’s all about. It gives you the sense of being normal in the community now.”