USMC Veteran, Vladik Zalevskiy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at age 17. During his 5 years of active duty, he served two tours in Iraq. Vladik was honorably discharged, and continues to deal with PTS, though he has has discovered a therapy for PTS through deep sea fishing.
“When I go offshore fishing, there is a sense of peace and tranquility that calms my nerves. I gain my thoughts and live in the moment (no cell service or craziness from the world to activate past thoughts and PTSD).” - Vladik Zalevskiy
To pay it forward, Vladik wants to take other veterans out on the water to experience deep sea fishing in his new boat!
Camp Comeback has already provided two deep sea fishing trips by renting a deep sea fishing boat and providing food and lodging to groups of veterans. These trips have been extremely successful. We want to enable Vladik to offer deep sea fishing to more veterans. He needs his own boat to do this. By renting boats, you are always dependent upon someone else's (the boat owners) schedule, where you can go, what time you are able to fish etc. There are too many stipulations. When Vladik has his own deep sea fishing boat, he will be able to enjoy it with his family and as an added plus, Vladik will also partner with local nonprofit organizations to take military veterans of ALL ERAS out deep sea fishing.
Deep sea fishing therapy in a group setting among those with a common bond has proven to:
- Enhance social interaction
- Calm anxiety
- Relieve stress
- Provide relaxation
- Improve sleep
- Lift mood/spirit
“I have always had a talent and love for fishing, ever since I was a little boy. My dream is to own my own boat one day, so that I am able to take other veterans like myself out fishing, and so I can enter fishing tournaments to reach and serve more veterans. Helping them also helps me.” -- Vladik Zalevskiy, USMC Veteran
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