Today more than ever we are experiencing the difficulties that our nations veterans have endured. So Many of them have been wounded and injured during their service and have had to readjust to their new normal, while many others are struggling from the everlasting effects of war with post-traumatic stress. Post-traumatic stress is the leading cause of veteran suicide. In fact, the Veterans Administration notes that one veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes. This does not include the suicide attempts that are much more frequent. This is often because these veterans are experiencing life unstructured because they are having problems adapting back into the civilian communities. Because of this many veterans end up on the streets homeless, addicted to drugs or alcohol, incarcerated and are more likely to become a suicide statistic.
Our founder Garry Morfit a Vietnam Veteran himself, knew he had to do something to offset this pattern. He knew that these veterans needed a better homecoming than the Vietnam Veterans received. In 2005 he brought his 42-foot Sail/Trawling vessel the “Hot Ruddered Bum” to Ketchikan, Alaska and instantly knew this was the place where he could help bridge the gap and mentor veterans. In 2007 Garry’s dream came to fruition and Healing Towers was created. We are now in our 15th year fulfilling his dream of “Being Kind to Each Other” and the mission has been ingrained into a mentor network to be created that will be a lasting relationship for a lifetime.
Healing Towers mission is to impact disabled veterans through their journey of recovery. We rely on mentorship, camaraderie, and the great outdoors to create a foundation in which these veterans can re-focus their lives post injury.
A mentorship is a relationship between two people where the individual with more experience, knowledge, and connections is able to pass along what they have learned to an individual.
Camaraderie Is a mutual trust and friendship among like minded people who spend a lot of time together
Outdoor spaces, especially wild places used for recreational activities such as boating, fishing and sightseeing in nature.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve our ability to serve our nation's heroes.