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In Memoriam

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Robert L. Howe

With great sadness we report the passing of Vets on the Bay founder Robert L. Howe (LTC USA, ret.) on July 1, 2013. Bob will be buried at Arlington National Cemetary on Monday, August 26 at 10 a.m.


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Vets on the Bay is a Respite Program for Recovering Wounded Vets
and their Families

Vets on the Bay offers special programs that assist recovering wounded veterans, and their families, to have a day away from the rigors of treatment. VOTB initiatives provide a break from hospital routines, physical therapy and doctors' visits for both veterans and their families. The free program is offered to veterans who are in treatment at

Walter Reed Army Medical Center/ National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and Warrior Transition Units.

Because it takes energy and will to stay strong during the life-changing events that have occurred to returning wounded soldiers, VOTB's Day on the Bay programs are designed specifically with the needs of veterans and their families in mind.

Although, the Day on the Bay gets the vets out of the institutional medical routine of physical therapy and visits with doctors, the major benefit is to give an opportunity for the families to share experiences and provide an environment for informal support groups to be formed. There are many worthy organizations helping the vets themselves but few are as committed as Vets on the Bay to involve family and friends. The events are free to the Vets and their families and friends.

Sample Past and Future Programs

Most of the volunteers who assist with Vets on the Bay activities are military vets themselves or active duty personnel. At the request of the veterans themselves, each Vets on the Bay event is private. The press and general public are not invited so that the vets and their families can relax and have fun in comfortable surroundings.

Vets on the Bay is sponsored by US Navy Sailing. The first Vets on the Bay program was held on the Chesapeake Bay in 2007. The program has continued with several events held each year.

Donations are needed to keep the program alive and to extend it to other locations. Your dollar donation is highly leveraged as VOTB is a totally volunteer program and no members of the organization are paid in any way for their services.  Additionally, the businesses offering their services generally donate the services for free or at cost. Help us provide a day away from worries to our best and bravest. Help us show them that the United States cares and is grateful for their service and sacrifice.

The average length of stay at military medical recovery centers is 18 months. Give more of our military service members a break from the medical routine. Get involved. Send your donation today. Recruit a friend.

Take a moment NOW to show them you care and that you appreciate their service and sacrifice. Donate now.