PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — After 51 days at sea, a team from Foar from Home has completed its mission to row across the Atlantic while raising awareness of PTSD and working to end veteran suicide.
Action News Jax was there Friday at the K9s for the Warriors national headquarters at Ponte Vedra Beach on Friday.
These veterans sailed 3,000 nautical miles to complete their mission.
On Friday, K9s for Warriors dedicated one of its kennels to their new training facility called Courageous to thank them for their fundraising efforts.
Paul Lore and his team have raised over $600,000 for K9s for Warriors in their effort to combat veteran suicide.
“It’s our sons, it’s our daughters, it’s our aunts and uncles, nephews, nieces, that we are losing,” said Paul Lore, a United States Marine Corps veteran.
I was at Fernandina Beach in August, just before these veterans left.
The race started in the Canary Islands in December and finished at Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbor in Antigua.
They all came back earlier this month and they tell me rowing thousands of miles was no easy task
“You’re always tired, you’re always hungry,” said US Navy veteran AM ‘Hupp’ Huppmann.
And once the new mega kennel is complete, it will cut the wait for veterans who need a service dog by 50%.
The waiting list is currently four years.
Lore said their mission to help an organization save lives is what kept them going.
“How to build a second kennel? Even when we were in the ocean, we all sparked in a sense how can we do more, as we know the kennel alone won’t be enough,” Lore said.
K9s for warriors told us that their new mega kennel should be up and running by April.
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