Marinas, yacht clubs, boat dealers, marine equipment companies and others in the maritime industry are being asked to sponsor fundraising parties called “Burgers, Beans and Beer for the Coast Guard” to help launch the Wounded Nature – Working Veterans’ Coast Guard boat.
On an average day, the Coast Guard saves 12 lives, responds to 64 search and rescue cases, and investigates 13 marine accidents and 10 pollution incidents. They screen 720 commercial vessels and 183,000 crew and passengers, and inspect 68 containers, keeping 842 pounds of cocaine off the streets each day. But as the smallest branch of the military, the USCG does not always have the same level of support for their causes as the other branches and needs the support of the general public.
Every participant in this national campaign will receive a “Team Coast Guard” sticker for their boat or car and individuals and organizations raising large amounts of funds will receive plaques based on a tiered system.
Members of the general public and companies who do not belong to a yacht club or marina also have an opportunity to participate online by making a direct donation at www.woundednature.org and entering “USCG” in the comments section.
All 2012 donations will be used to fund the houseboat Victory Vessel honoring the Coast Guard. This boat will be used on the East Coast to clean beaches and educate the public about litter. It will be staffed by recently discharged veterans. Starting in 2013, donations will be split to support the boat honoring the USCG and the new Coast Guard museum.
For more information, go to www.woundednature.org.