The American Legion Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW) program is a primary sponsor of one of the largest regattas in the country, the Head of the Cuyahoga Regatta on Saturday in Cleveland.
The daylong regatta will feature a veterans race. The OCW grant covers the sponsorship, as well as a boat, oars and rack in the popular event, now in its 25th year.
Additionally, the American Legion Department of Ohio is planning to have booths where they will engage with members and other veterans.
The Cleveland Rowing Foundation (CRF) has been working with the Western Reserve Rowing Association to grow its veteran league rowing program. This year-long program teaches the basics of rowing in a coed team setting with the goal of competing at appropriate levels as skills progress. Participants start by learning the basics of the rowing stroke and join experienced military and veteran rowers as confidence and capabilities improve. The program is inclusive to service-disabled veterans including amputees.