Our objective is to offer programs that are not just therapeutic, but also address the deeper vocational and social recalibration needs of returning Veterans.
The mission of Veterans on Deck is to help establish functional and rewarding lives in Veterans, while recognizing the unique and often life changing experiences service in the Armed Forces brings. Specifically, to build on each Veteran’s existing military training by using the maritime setting to enhance vocational, familial, and interpersonal functioning.
This will be accomplished through a three pronged approach involving maritime job skills training obtained through internships with local boatyards and marinas, team-building and problem solving experiences obtained through offshore sailing efforts with other Veteran crewmembers, and integrated empirically-based treatments for those mental health needs most frequently encountered by Veterans.
This multifaceted approach will provide specific and marketable maritime skills to Veterans in a context that also addresses the frequently co-occurring psychological wounds borne by service members, while at the same time providing a forum for these new vocational and interpersonal skills to be used and refined.