To help wounded veterans enjoy and heal in the outdoors, retired Westchester County Police Officer Mitch Serlin created the Hope for Heroes Foundation.
Serlin says that many injured vets also loved to hunt and fish and are sad they cannot do that anymore. His dream is to make it possible once again.
On Sunday, from noon-8 p.m., the foundation's supporters will gather at The Rec Room, 201 E. Post Rd. in White Plains, for a benefit to help raise money to realize the plan.
The foundation plans to buy 1,000 acres or more to be able to provide hunting and fishing trips for visiting heroes.
Plans are for a lodge that will be equipped to hold the heroes in their own handicapped-accessible rooms. The land also will have two additional cabins for lodging which will be available for volunteers or camera crews for the week’s event. The foundation's long-range plan is to expand services for more activities such as shooting, archery, and raising service dogs for disabled heroes.
Hope for Heroes Foundation provides outdoor experiences for our disabled American Heroes, who were severely injured while protecting the sovereignty of our nation. Helping heal one hero at a time.
The foundation's goal is to raise money to purchase land where a handicapped accessible hunting and fishing facility can be created for US military vets who have lost limbs, been blinded and suffered a whole range of life-changing injuries while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Goal of the Hope for Heroes Foundation
Is to provide the disabled hero with a place, where they will recieve assistance and training in order to regain their passion for the outdoors. These services will
be provided at no cost to the heroes visiting our lodge.
Guests of the Hope for Heroes Foundation will come for a one week event which will be sponsored by the leading manufacturers within the hunting and fishing industries. The costs for each guests visit will be covered by the television shows that will be sponsoring the weeks event. The guests will be able to hunt with their favorite show personalities and their experience will be captured on video for a lasting memory.
Our lodge will be one hundred percent handicap accessible which will allow our guests a comfortable place to stay while visiting our facility. We will train the disabled guest with the adaptive equipment necessary to be able to enjoy the outdoors as they did prior to their injuries.