Sailing Scholarship to Aid Wounded Veterans

Published on September 7th, 2016

Warrior Sailing Program of the USMMA Sailing Foundation has announced the Lockheed Martin Fighting Spirit Scholarship to aid wounded veterans of the United States armed services. The Lockheed Martin Fighting Spirit Scholarship provides support for the honored recipients to earn a Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification through the Basic and Advanced Training within the Warrior Sailing Program.

Honorees will be introduced as part of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl activities Dec. 23 in Fort Worth.

“The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is dedicated to the brave men and women who have made great sacrifices to defend the United States and our allies,” said Orlando Carvalho, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “We are honored to work with Able Flight and Warrior Sailing Program to give back to the armed forces community, and provide two veterans with an enriching, unforgettable experience of a lifetime.”

The Warrior Sailing Program is an official program of the USMMA Sailing Foundation. The program exclusively trains wounded, ill and injured veterans in the sport of sailing while bringing the military and sailing communities together. Graduates have opportunities to continue sailing recreationally, competitively or to pursue career opportunities in the maritime industry.

“We are excited to partner with Lockheed Martin, a company that supports wounded warriors as much as we do, to help fulfill our mission,” said Ben Poucher, program director at Warrior Sailing Program. “This scholarship program provides a unique opportunity for a service member to not only be introduced to sailing, but earn a sailing certification they can enjoy for life.”

Warrior Sailing Program will select one candidate for the Lockheed Martin Fighting Spirit Scholarship from the pool of applicants who apply for training through the website. Learn more about the Lockheed Martin Fighting Spirit Scholarship Program at LockheedMartin.com/FightingSpirit.

Background:
Warrior Sailing Program is an official program of the USMMA Sailing Foundation and offers the organizational and technical expertise to create opportunities ranging from introductory level sailing through world sailing competition. Programming is achieved through partnerships and collaborations within the sailing community, military programs and affiliates, with funding from generous supporters. These partnerships allow the Warrior Sailing Program to stay focused on improving the lives of service members with disabilities and inspiring a new outlook for participants and the communities in which they serve. www.warriorsailing.org

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 98,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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