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Veterans on Deck featured on Great American Country

Veterans on Deck

Veterans participate in the Veterans on Deck sailing program.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rain or shine, any Veteran can meet at The Harborage at Ashley Marina and go sailing every Friday.  Dr. Ronald Acierno, Director of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Team and Executive Director of Veterans on Deck, started the program to help Veterans overcome social obstacles they experience during recovery from combat-related or Military Sexual traumas or serious Mental Illness.

Recently, Acierno and the Veterans showed off the program to Country Superstar Trace Adkins during taping of a segment for Great American Country (GAC) TV that will begin airing Wednesday, August 29 at 8:00 p.m.

“Sailing is an activity that will be novel for many, is at times stressful and, most importantly, requires working as a team to make the boat go,” said Acierno.

Acierno said they could have come up with other ways for Veterans in the PTSD program to socialize, but sailing provides a unique, controlled environment that also builds confidence. 

“Sailing puts you in a position with no way out except to solve the problem at hand.  It enhances team building by pushing Veterans to rely on each other for help,” Acierno said.

Acierno’s team has three boats and has at least two members from his staff on each sail.  Normally there are only enough participants to take one of the sail boats, but Acierno said they are prepared to sail all three if a large crowd shows up. 

Learn more about the program and its sponsors at:


TV Schedule:


Wednesday, 8/29 @ 8pm

Thursday, 8/30 @ 12am
Friday, 8/31 @ 1pm
Saturday, 9/1 @ 2pm
Sunday, 9/2 @ 8pm
Monday, 9/3 @ 12am
Wednesday, 10/3 @ 8pm
Thursday, 10/4 @ 12am
Friday, 10/5 @ 1pm
Sunday, 10/7 @ 8pm
Monday, 10/8 @ 12am



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