LAKE WORTH, Fla., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Medically retired United States Marine Staff Sgt. and Lake Worth resident, Nick Kefalides, is set to participate in a therapeutic outdoor trip. Freedom Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports injured service members and their families, joins loanDepot to host a total of seven veterans for a fishing adventure April 28-30 in Cabo San Lucas aboard Bad Company, the world's most successful professional deep sea fishing tournament-rigged yacht.
Kefalides served more than 10 years with the Marine Corps, first as an infantryman then as a critical skills operator with Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC). He was deployed on five combat missions and was exposed to multiple improvised explosive device (IED) blasts resulting in spinal injuries, concussions and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Kefalides now serves his fellow veterans as Freedom Alliance's Combat Veteran Ambassador.
"I'm honored to host this trip for our veterans and Freedom Alliance. These brave Americans have sacrificed so much for our country, and the work Freedom Alliance does is incredibly important," said Anthony Hsieh, loanDepot CEO and Chairman. "I'm excited to share the weekend and my love of the ocean and deep sea sport fishing with these true American heroes."
This once-in–a-lifetime journey is part of Freedom Alliance's Outdoor Adventures program, which provides injured troops and veterans with recreational therapy that improves their rehabilitation and aids in the transition back into civilian life.
The outing begins with a first-class flight to Cabo aboard Hsieh's personal G4 jet. The veterans will then enjoy an evening at a four-star hotel in Cabo San Lucas before boarding Bad Company for world-class deep sea fishing on the tournament-rigged fishing yacht, where they will be treated to gourmet meals and more prepared by Hsieh's private chef. It will also include: instruction in deep sea fishing and whale watching and gourmet meals by Hsieh's private chef while aboard the ship.
The experience is intended to thank the service members for their sacrifice and assist them with healing from combat-related injuries, including TBI and post-traumatic stress (PTS). It is sponsored by loanDepot and Hsieh, who connected with Freedom Alliance after learning about the numerous programs and services offered to military members and their families.
"We're grateful for this opportunity to partner with loanDepot. The company shares the same passion as we do when it comes to showing appreciation to service members who have given so much for our freedom," said Tom Kilgannon, president of Freedom Alliance. "We hope these veterans not only have a fun experience, but also build comradery and support for each other, which goes a long way in the path toward their recovery."
The excursion will be filmed by a national lifestyle documentary broadcast team and is set to air on "Destination: Baja Sur," a travel series on the World Fishing Network hosted by Bill Boyce.
For more information, please visit: https://www.loandepot.com/blog/2017/anthony-hsieh-veteran-fishing-adventure.
About Freedom Alliance
Freedom Alliance is a charitable organization which provides help and support to wounded troops and military families. Freedom Alliance has awarded more than $11 million in college scholarships to the children of military heroes killed or disabled in military service and spent millions more helping injured veterans and military families with outdoor recreational therapy trips, Heroes Vacations, care packages for deployed troops, mortgage-free homes, all-terrain wheel chairs and much more. You can learn more about Freedom Alliance at www.FreedomAlliance.org and Facebook.com/FreedomAlliance.
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