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Monterey Bay Veterans receives $4,500 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation!

The Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc has been awarded a $4,500.00 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman. The award to was made by Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its commitment to improve the lives of United States military personnel , veterans, and their families.

The grant will be used to support the Freedom Dive Program. Click here to learn more about the Freedom Dive Program.

2017 Rock Cod Derby

The Monterey Bay Veterans will be putting on their 27th Annual Rock Cod Derby on September 30th, 2017.

We have some amazing sponsors:

Disabled American Veterans, Department of California Rehabilitation Foundation

AT &T Pebble Beach Charities

Monterey Peninsular Foundation

Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula

American Legion Post # 31, 694, 591, 594 Aux.

California Rodeo, Salinas

Pebble Beach Company

Sea Otter Classic Foundation

Newman’s Own Foundation

For more information, or to sign up visit our Rock Cod Derby page.

Success for the 24th annual MBV cod derby

The Central Coast provided October warmth, calm seas, light winds and  very cooperative fish, making for another incredible fishing derby for our disabled veterans and wounded troops.

The annual event began with the traditional welcome dinner Friday night sponsored by the Marina American Legion.  Optimistic fishermen/ladies  then gathered early Saturday morning on the Coast Guard landing and piled aboard the sportfishing fleet for the outing on the Bay.   Broad smiles were the order of the day as the fisherman came ashore early with limits all around.  Participants and volunteers then gathered at the Seaside American Legion for the closing banquet and plenty of fish stories.

The annual salmon derby and rock cod derby are sponsored by the Department of California, Disabled American Veterans (DAV).   Monterey Bay Veterans thanks the DAV, our American Legion partners and the many volunteers that make these events possible.

Amazon Smile

There is now an easy way for you to donate in support Monterey Bay Veterans (MBV).  MBV  provides therapy services and open access for our disabled veterans, wounded troops and the ADA community in general at no charge.

If you shop Amazon.com, simply sign up for Amazon smile on line and select Monterey Bay Veterans as your donation target.  Every time you shop Amazon 0.5% of your purchase price will be donated back to help fund MBV services.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Over 300 Disabled Veterans Gear Up to Compete in 27th Annual Salmon Derby

MONTEREY, CA.,  – April 16, 2014 – Over 300 participants and 33 boats in Monterey, Half Moon Bay, and San Francisco, will compete in the 27th Annual Salmon Derby on Saturday, April 26. Organized by the Sports Rehab Center division of Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc., the Derby brings disabled veterans out of homes and hospitals for a day of fishing for fun and prizes.
“This is a stress-free day,” says Jeanie O’Brien, medically discharged from the Army after injuries in Afghanistan landed her in a wheelchair. “When I was recovering in the hospital, I felt like I couldn’t do anything. My therapist hooked me up with the Monterey Bay Vets organization. I tried the Salmon and Rock Cod Derbys. They showed me there are lots of things I can still do. I connect with other Vets at these events that have been in my boots. This is a program I can utilize anytime, 365 days of the year. For those of us in wheelchairs, it gives us a whole other level of freedom”.
“We’ll do our best to find boats for every disabled person that wants to participate. That’s what we’ve done for 27 years,” says John Whitacre, Executive Director.
Veterans and all physically challenged members of the community are invited to participate in this free event. Applications are required prior to the event for fishing. Applications for boat owners able to support the event are also available. Participation is limited to available space on the boats. Applications are available atwww.mbv.org.
In Monterey, anglers will begin loading at 6 AM on Saturday, April 26, at Breakwater Cove Marina. An Awards Dinner will be held at the American Legion Post 41 in Monterey, that evening.
Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides recreational fishing, scuba dive programs, and transportation assistance for the disabled at major area events including Laguna Seca, Monterey Jazz Festival, California International Air Show, California Rodeo, AT&T Pebble Beach Tournament, First Tee Open and Concours d’Elegance. Funding through private and corporate donations, and grants, support these programs. To learn more go to: www.mbv.org.

Donors to the Lift to Freedom Project

Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc would like to give special thanks to the sponsors and donors without whom the Lift to Freedom project could not have happened.

The following companies have donated materials and services to the Monterey Bay Veterans for the Lift to Freedom Project:

3D Instruments, LP 3D Instruments, LP
Autodesk, Inc Autodesk, Inc
Baldor Electric Company Baldor Electric Company
Bay Rubber Company Bay Rubber Company
Cutting Edge Waterjet Services, LLC Cutting Edge Waterjet Services, LLC
CPV Manufacturing, Inc CPV Manufacturing, Inc
Glenn’s Aquarius II Glenn's Aquarius II
McNICHOLS Company McNichols
RIX Industries RIX Industries
Sierra Design & Manufacturing Sierra Design & Manufacturing
Teledyne Analytical Instruments Teledyne Analytical Instruments
Professional Plastics, Inc Professional Plastics, Inc
WIKA WIKA

Monterey Herald: Helping vets feel healing waters

MBV’s Freedom Dive Platform is featured in Bill Jones column today in the Monterey Herald.

Click here to read the article.

MBV Salmon Fishing Derby on KSBW News

ABC affiliate KSBW ran a news feature on MBV’s 2013 Salmon Fishing Derby.

Click here to view the video

Freedom Dive Platform Nears Completion

Two years of dreams, designs, setbacks is finally becoming reality: As of today the first fully operational SCUBA platform for disabled divers comes to Monterey. The platform is 90% complete.

MBV freedom dive platform 1

Dive platform laying on its back

MBV freedom dive platform 2

Frame of the two dive chairs and dive wheelchair

 

The Freedom comes out of the water on 4/25. For the next three weeks we will need volunteer labor – skilled and unskilled to make the vessel ready to install this baby on week 3 and 4 of May.

This is great progress, but we’re not out of the woods yet. We still need your financial support to ensure that the refit goes on with out a hitch. Contact Monterey Bay Veterans mbvinc@pacbell.net, 831 901-0217, or www.mbv.org to see how you can help to make this a reality by June of this year.