Cool weather, a kayak, and a paddle is just what the doctor ordered for some local veterans

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Memphis, Tenn. ( – It may be a little chilly outside. But that cool weather, a kayak, and a paddle is just what the doctor ordered for some local veterans. Local 24 News Weeknight Anchor Katina Rankin has this local good news.

Grab your paddle, hop in the kayak, and let’s take a few laps around Shelby Farms. It’s just what the doctor ordered for these veterans. We met up with them on a cool, windy Tuesday morning.

“The main thing is just be out here and enjoy it. You’re not in a race to do anything. You’re not in a hurry to be anywhere. You’re out enjoying yourself, and it’s wonderful,” said Navy Veteran Peter Geldard.

Peter served 6 years in the Navy.

“Serving my country was a great honor, the comrade between your shipmates or your fellow soldiers, why not? Can’t beat it,” said Geldard.

After a rough patch in his life, he decided he needed a little help. And one of Memphis’ VA Recreational Programs, kayaking, helped him wade through those difficult times.

“I was having some personal issues. My wife had died unexpectedly, and I heard about these programs that they offer, and it sounded right. And, I’ve got a lot out of it,” said Geldard.

He found peace in the storm on the water.

“Just relaxing, taking it all in, watching nature,” said Geldard.

And he recommends the program for any veteran.

“It’s therapeutic. It’s relaxing, and we get to trade a few sea stories and stories with other vets, comrade without being in the service,” said Geldard.

To learn more about the V.A. and its recreational programs, CLICK HERE. And be sure to tune in to our special veterans show on November 11th at 6:00 p.m.

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