Wounded Veterans’ Day on the Bay

Here’s a heartwarming story we received from the founder of the Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation, an organization that provides life-changing opportunities for men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have suffered severe injuries…

As the sun came up very early over the San Francisco Bay last Saturday morning a sleek 113-foot Sailing Schooner named Eros quietly slipped her moorings and raised her sails once again carrying a National Treasure aboard her historic decks.

From left to right: Jason Deitch, Doug Conner, Mike Conklin (Founder), Brian Vargas

Five severely wounded members of our Armed Forces enjoyed the day for some much needed R&R aboard Eros, one of the ‘Little Ships of Dunkirk’, who was used decades before to rescue the wounded and injured from the beaches of Dunkirk as Hitler’s army smashed through France in early days of World War II.

On this day, Eros had aboard her decks a new generation of injured veterans. There was Navy Ryan Sykes injured in Afganistan suffering a traumatic brain injury, United States Marine Brian Vargas who suffered a gunshot to the face, U.S. Army Ranger Dominic Annechuci who suffered a gunshot to the head just a few months ago, U.S. Army Doug Connor and U.S. Army Ranger Jason Deitch with equal unseen and hidden injuries.   Continue reading “Wounded Veterans’ Day on the Bay”