Monthly Archives: January 2016

Not too late to volunteer for A.T.T. ProAm

Hey golf fans.  There is still time to register as a volunteer for the spectacular A.T.T. ProAm at Pebble Beach.  Simply go to the A.T.T. ProAm site, find the volunteer page and register.  We particularly need volunteers for spectator transportation.  Monterey Bay Veterans is a key provider of both Special needs and Spectator Transportation services.  For every hour volunteered Monterey Bay Veterans receives funding to help support our disabled veteran service programs.  So, go on line now and register.  you will have a wonderful time and support a great cause.

Spring SCUBA class dates announced

The spring SCUBA training class is set to begin On April 10, 2016 at the California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Aquatic Center.    These classes are presented through a collaboration of Degnan Divers and Monterey Bay Veterans, with support from other governmental and non-governmental service organizations.

Mission: To provide access to specialized dive instruction and recreational ocean diving for all veterans and military, who would be uncomfortable with, or have a low probability of success, in a traditional diving class.

Target Population:

  1. Veterans with special needs of any type including physical, emotional or cognitive.
  2. Family members or care givers interested in SCUBA in order to assist in the veteran’s success.


  1. Provide SCUBA training and certification at little or no cost to the veterans beyond their travel and accommodations. This is accomplished by utilizing services, facilities and other physical assets provided by Monterey Bay Veterans and Degnan Divers.
  2. Provide a safe and accommodating learning and activities environment for the special needs dive student.
  • The academic content of the course will be covered in traditional lecture/discussion, online or a combination of both.
  • The pool environment at CSUMB emphasizes one on one instruction and provides the students with the ability to learn at their own pace.
  • On the water safety and comfort is provided in Monterey Bay by using MBV’s specially modified 60 foot dive boat, the “Freedom”. Visit to learn more about this one of a kind dive vessel and the Lift to Freedom (L2F) submersible dive platform.
  • The opportunity is available to participate in regularly scheduled “pool only” SCUBA activities for those not interested in certification or ocean diving.


  1. The seven week training will be one day a week (Sunday) for four to five hours.
  2. The next class is scheduled to begin April 10, 2016
  3. The classroom and pool training begins at 8:00 am at the California State University Aquatic Center. Ocean dives will be scheduled for the final three Sundays, conditions permitting.

Application and registration:

  1. Applications and other required forms may be found at the web site: under Freedom Dive Program. This documentation can also be received in hard copy by calling Bill Reisig at 831-423-7728. Completed forms may be e-mailed to


Questions may be directed to Bill Reisig at 831-423-7728 or Frank Degnan at 831-277-1705.

Ring out 2015, bring in 2016

Greetings all and Happy New Year.  2015 turned out to be a year of challenges and great accomplishments.

Our mission expanded in both numbers served and programs offered in 2015.  MBV served thousands of veterans through the fishing programs, SCUBA training, Northern tour and growing Physically Challenged Access program.  In addition to the above, dedicated volunteers addressed and completed over one hundred projects on the custom dive boat “Freedom”, with it’s one of a kind Lift to Freedom “L2F” dive platform, bringing this one of a kind project to operational status. These very successes created challenges in organization and resources.

Milestones were also established with the expansion of our partnerships and cooperative efforts with other organizations dedicated to serving those to whom we owe so much.

None of this would be possible without our dedicated corps of volunteers, members, donors and sponsors.  Thanks to you all and to the officers and 2015 board of directors for your dedication, leadership and contributions.

We experienced both joy and loss in 2015.  The first with the marriage of our favorite Army Airborne Veteran Jeanne Paynter, nee Obrien, to now husband Chris on board the Independence to start the New Year, and the latter with the loss of longtime volunteer, Board member and “Independence” Boat Director Tom Paltz.  We said good bye to Tom with full military honors and spreading of his ashes from the deck of the Independence onto the Monterey Bay; the place where he was most happy. He is missed.

2016 is promising even more. I am happy to announce the 2016 Board of Directors and several new Operational Director positions.

Introducing the 2016 Board of Directors: Bill Reisig, C.J. Von Drehle, Pat McCoy, Kimberly Stuhler, Anthony Russo, James Bogan, and two new Directors for 2016 Jeanne Paynter, John Knight

In addition to the existing Operational Directors; John Whitacre (Executive Director), Kirk Johnson (Veterans Relations), Diane Whitacre (Membership), Bill Reisig (Freedom Boat Director and Freedom Dive Program) and Gary Crawford (Volunteers), a couple of new key Operational Director positions are now filled:

Director, Northern California Operations:  Michael Steinbaugh

Director, Information Systems:  John Knight

This team will be leading Monterey Bay Veterans through an exciting 2016, which will include the rechristening and dedication of the vessel “Freedom”.

Be sure to check the calendar for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities  (The A.T.T. Pro-Am is just around the corner).  Plan early and make your travel and lodging arrangements for the Derbies and SCUBA classes.

In order to fulfill our objectives for the year we are counting on being able to expand our volunteer roles and filling several remaining Operational Director positions.  If you have time to dedicate to the mission of service to our disabled veterans, especially if you have boating and/or project management experience, please contact us to discuss the opportunities available.

As always, all members and guests are welcome at our board meetings, which are held on the last Tuesday of each month at the Monterey Youth Center at 5:00 pm.  We hope to see you there.

Here’s to another banner year in 2016.