Soldiers, veterans find healing with 'Boating for Heroes' continued
Mathews uses his 26-foot boat to get soldiers and veterans out on the water to fish or enjoy a day on Lake Washington or Puget Sound. Boats for Heroes works with the Warrior Transition Battalion out of Joint Base Lewis McCord.
"We love to do what we can," said Mathews. "Being a veteran myself, I like to help some of these guys when they're coming back."
And that's just what Mathews is doing - so far he's had more 100 vets or soldiers on board the Lady Catherine.
The 71-year-old Vietnam Vet believes the sport of fishing can break down the barriers of pain and stress associated with combat - one cast and one conversation at a time.
"There's nothing better than being out here and relaxing, having that camaraderie again, and sharing this experience with other guys that might be going through the same things," said U.S. Army Captain Enrique Inclebenitec.
Founder of Boating for Heroes, Keith Mathews. Nov. 21, 2014.
Photo credit KOMO 4 News
Mathew hopes his boat is a sanctuary for wounded warriors to heal and transition back to life stateside. There's no charge for current and former service members who would like a day trip aboard the Lady Catherine.
"It's just been an absolutely great experience," said Mathews.