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29th Annual Wheelchair Salmon Derby

Monterey Bay Veterans is pleased to announce the 29th annual wheelchair salmon derby.  The derby will be held on Saturday April 25th, 2015.   Vessels will depart from Monterey harbor.

The event will kick off Friday evening with the traditional welcome banquet and will conclude with the awards banquet on Saturday afternoon after the derby.

Registration forms for fishermen and volunteers are located in this site’s programs section for salmon derby.  Those with scheduling issues may fish during the month of April prior to derby day.  Contact event coordinator, John Whitacre, for more information. 831-901-0217.

“Independence” Open House on December 7

The public is invited on board the Monterey Bay Veterans (MBV) vessel “Independence”, on Sunday December 7, from noon to 4:00 pm.  This 49 foot DeFevre  is a beautiful boat, which incorporates many modifications and additions to accommodate special needs.  Come aboard, enjoy the harbor views, have  some refreshments,  take a tour and learn more about this boat, and the other MBV boats and programs.

Entrance is at the Tier “A” gate on Monterey harbor’s wharf 2, (the commercial wharf).  The gate is on the left just past the Sandbar restaurant.


Two from MBV board named as 2014 Veterans of the Year

Monterey Bay Veterans (MBV) is proud to announce that two long time volunteers and current members of the MBV Executive Board  have been named Veterans of the Year by the Monterey County Military and Veterans Affairs Advisory Commission.

Anthony Russo and Tom Palz received their recognition November 1, at the 23rd Annual Veteran of the Year Awards Banquet at the Salinas Elks Lodge.   We are truly fortunate to have Anthony and Tom in our ranks and congratulate them on this well deserved recognition.

Anthony and Tom join seven previous Monterey Bay Veterans Officers and Directors who received this honor in previous years.

Monterey Bay Veterans launches volunteer drive

Monterey Bay Veterans (MBV) is an all volunteer organization.  This allows us to invest 88% of every dollar earned or donated into programs directly benefiting our disabled veterans and wounded troops.

What is the profile of the perfect MBV volunteer.  That is easy to answer.  He or she is young or old, a veteran or never served, a skilled professional or learning on the job, serves a few hours a day or a few hours a year.  In other words…… YOU.

We are expanding in both number of veterans served and our program offerings. This requires that we grow our volunteer resources to meet those needs.  If you enjoy marine, or other outdoor activities, we invite you to visit the “programs” section on this web site to see what we are all about, then go to the “join us” section to see how you can be a part of something very special and have a great time in the process.  We need people from all skill levels to build our ranks and at this moment have a special need for someone with program and/or project management experience.  Join us and and help to serve those who served and sacrificed for us all.


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.

Event filled August for MBV

Monterey Bay Veterans (MBV) has just completed a very busy month.  Events in August included participation in the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Convention in Las Vegas, two weeks of providing Physically Challenged Access (PC Access)  at Laguna Seca Raceway, with an overlap week of service at Pebble Beach for the Concours d’ Elegance.  The month was topped off with a successful sea trial of the Lift to Freedom (L2F), a key component of  MBVs dive boat Freedom.  Read more  about the PC Access and Dive Programs under programs tag of this site and look for formal announcements on Freedom in the coming months.

It takes immense resources, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of man hours to provide these services to our disabled veterans, wounded troops and the physically challenged community in general.  If you would like to make a lasting impact on our veterans and community, consider donating  and/or volunteering with the Monterey Bay Veterans.



Lift to Freedom milestone

The Monterey Bay Veterans’ (MBV)60 foot boat, Freedom, successfully ran sea trials for the Lift to Freedom (L2F) on August 17th, 2014.

L2F is Freedom’s custom designed  submersible dive platform which allows for simultaneous, safe  launch and retrieval of multiple physically challenged divers, including those wheelchair bound.

Freedom boasts many unique features fitting her mission.   However, the L2F system designed by renowned marine engineer and diver Chris Delucchi and fabricated by Sierra Designs is the crown jewel of of this special vessel.

Look for additional information on the formal launch of Freedom in the coming months and learn about this program for our disabled veterans and wounded troops in the programs section of this site.


24th Annual MBV Wheelchair Rock Cod Derby Oct 4, 2014

Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc is pleased to announce its 24th annual Wheelchair Rock Cod Fishing Derby will be held October 4, 2014!

Organized by the Sports Rehab Center division of Monterey Bay Veterans, Inc., the Derby brings disabled veterans out of2014 Rock Cod Derby homes and hospitals for a day of fishing for fun and prizes. Registration is now open for participants, volunteers, and boat captains.

A pre-registration dinner will be held for anglers and volunteers Friday, October 3 from 5 to 7 PM. Bright and early the next morning, anglers will begin loading at 6 AM on Saturday, October 4, at Breakwater Cove Marina in Monterey. Upon return, anglers and volunteers will enjoy a banquet dinner at 2 PM and an awards ceremony at 3 PM.

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. 

Participant registration form

Volunteer registration form

Boat Captain registration form

Official Event Flyer

Directions and Event Schedule

The deadline for registration is September 26, 2014. Don’t miss the boat!

The 2014 Rock Cod Derby is sponsored by:

Disabled American Veterans, Department of California Rehabilitation Foundation
AT&T Pebble Beach Charities
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 85 & 7
American Legion Post # 31, 694, 591
City of Monterey
Food Source Produce Brokers
California Rodeo, Salinas
Monterey Peninsula Avenue of Flags


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:

Major milestone for Lift2Freedom

Monterey Bay Veterans’ (MBV) custom dive boat is one step closer to reality with successful testing of the custom designed submersible dive platform, the “Lift2Freedom”(c).  This platform, designed by Chris Delucchi, allows for disabled diver(s), along with their equipment and other divers, to be safely and efficiently lowered into and retrieved from the water from deck level.

The platform is a major component of MBV’s dive boat “Freedom”.  The Freedom conversion has been a major project to convert a 60 foot Pacifica Sport Fisher to a physically challenged friendly scuba diving platform.   Many features and upgrades have been installed to accommodate physically challenged divers on ocean dives as part of MBV’s unique dive program specifically designed for physically challenged divers.

Full sea trials are scheduled for mid August.

Read more about the overall program under Programs > Freedom Dive Program on this site.