Four US veterans are about to make history fighting for freedom --- in a different way.
Coming from various Army backgrounds ranging from Infantry Paratroopers, US Army Rangers and US Special Forces, these men will make up the first-ever all-veteran rowing team to race across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge starting in December of 2018.
"FIGHT OAR DIE" --- With a team name as powerful as that, it's no surprise the foursome is already getting some looks.
Having fought for our country's freedom on the front lines of war, the members of Fight Oar Die now focus their passions on fighting for returning combat veterans to have a better chance at success --- their freedom to live as normally and peacefully as possible after making such incomprehensible sacrifices.
"We want to show our fellow veterans that anything is possible," said Beau Maier, a former U.S. Army Infantry Paratrooper. "To stop taking their lives and start living them."
Their goal in rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic over the course of 50 days is simple --- to raise awareness of the issues veterans (and their families) face upon their return home from combat deployment. Namely, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and reintegration issues.
More people have been to space than have rowed the Atlantic.
The competition is no easy feat. According to race organizers, more people have been to space than have rowed the Atlantic. The race will take 50 plus days and require operational costs totaling $300,000. With this investment, the team hopes to raise a total of $2.2 million to support charitable causes for US veterans.
In order to get to the starting line in December 2018, the Fight Oar Die team is seeking generous support now to help raise $50,000 for the down-payment on the boat before August 18, 2017.
If Fight Oar Die can row across the Atlantic, they will help make the seemingly impossible become possible for their fellow veterans. To become part of their mission of giving our veterans a new sense of hope and greater access to opportunity, visit their website and consider making a tax-deductible donation. For questions, email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor's Note: Full disclosure --- Fight Oar Die team member Beau Maier is also a nephew of Glenn Beck's.