The mission of the SRTO Operation Challenged America Outreach Program is to offer veterans and or disabled veterans with physical, emotional and psychological conditions, an opportunity to learn saltwater fishing skills and techniques while enjoying the saltwater fishing experience aboard our motor vessel Challenged America. Challenged America is a twin diesel engine 42’ Grand Banks Trawler, equipped with handicap boarding gate and ramp into the salon with an Aft head to provide sanitation facilities to accommodate a wheel chair or walker assistance type devices. Challenged America is crewed by an experienced saltwater Captain, crew and expert anglers catering to the veterans to maximize their saltwater fishing experience.
Operation Challenged America is modeled after the SRTO Our Warriors on the Water bass boat-fishing program and our participation with Heroes on the Water kayak fishing program, getting our veterans on the water to learn bass fishing skills and techniques. The value of these missions provides life skill experiences not known or that have been forgotten from times past or childhood memories. We present a stress free environment and circumstance that allows the veteran to re calibrate their thoughts with positive influences distracting from the negative experiences and mind set they may be harboring.
How Challenged America Got Started
Challenged America was a brainstorm by Don McDowell in 2013 to provide our veterans with alternatives to post-war traumatic issues preventing them from participating in activities the rest of us take for granted. Don’s interest in disabled veterans began over 15 years ago as an outcropping from his radio show Shake, Rattle & Troll and although he is a tournament pro fisherman, his passion is for our veterans.
With that passion for the sea, the mission of the Shake, Rattle & Troll Operation Challenged America Outreach Program is to offer veterans and disabled veterans an opportunity to learn saltwater fishing skills and techniques while enjoying the experience aboard The Grand Banks, Challenged America.
When Will Project Challenged America Be Completed?
PROJECT GOAL: To complete the restoration by July 2017 and to begin scheduling “Trips for Tuna” on or before September 1, 2017. Your support is needed to keep this project on schedule and for continued funding for your disabled veterans.
Contact Don McDowell
SRT Outdoors Inc.
501 C3 Non Profit-EIN 46-5769004