is a North Carolina non-profit Organization dedicated to the physical
and emotional rehabilitation of America's Veterans through the sport of
spearfishing, hook and line fishing, and Scuba diving. We dive
the Graveyard of the Atlantic and are proud of North Carolina's rich
fishing and diving reputation.
According to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, over half of
America's Veterans have musculoskeletal injuries. Their injuries
often cause pain and discomfort, and Veterans are often told there
isn't a cure. Most V.A. doctors prescribe a healthy dose of
exercise to reduce pain, strengthen weak points, and keep veterans in
good physical shape, along with drugs that can have unwanted side
effects. Fishing offers a dynamic and low-impact means of working
out that can help Veterans reduce these pains. The low-impact
nature of the exercises associated with fishing and diving with Fishing
for Veterans reduces the likelihood of increasing pain and further
The fun nature of fishing with Graveyard Hunters means the Veteran
often doesn’t even realize he or she is exercising. Traumatic
Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are two major issues
facing America's Veterans today. TBI is often a more physical
injury, but is coupled to feelings of anxiety and depression.
PTSD is is a mental condition that’s associated with depression,
anxiety, guilt, fear and anger. The sport of fishing often allows
the Veteran a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with
combat and the physical rigors that often accompany
rehabilitation. Fishing is a sport of the mind ~ when fishing,
what takes place on the water is mostly between the ears concentration,
strategizing, and on good days, even a bit of daydreaming.
Fishing has shown to reduce the effects of both PTSD and
TBI. Fishing lowers feelings of guilt, despair, stress,
anxiety, and anger for almost a month according to a University of
Diving is a sport that can reduce a Veterans anxiety level, reduce
headaches often caused by TBI, and provide a feeling of freedom that
was previously missing from their life. The New York Times
recently reported, in an article about the benefits of Scuba diving
Veterans suffering from PTSD, "Traditional
medical approaches generally rely on drugs and controlled
re-experiencing of trauma, called exposure therapy. But this
combination has proved so unpopular that many veterans quit before
finishing or avoid it altogether.
" Scuba diving
provides a unique combination of physical and social therapy.
Underwater, the human body is nearly weightless – which reduces
swelling, takes pressure off joints, and reduces back and neck
pain. A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found
Veterans who completed a scuba certification course, “saw significant improvement in muscle movement, increased sensitivity to light touch and pinprick on the legs.
While not all of America's Veterans suffer from PTSD and TBI, many do
face depression and anxiety disorders associated with combat.
Studies have shown the effect fishing and Scuba diving have on these
conditions is substantial enough not to be overlooked. Veterans
who fish, dive, or spearfish with other Veterans at Graveyard Hunters
have one thing in common ~ each one knows where the other one has been
and can relate to what he or she may be going thru. If you're a
Veteran who has at some time in the past put a pistol in his or her
mouth and considered pulling the trigger, diving or fishing with other
Veterans is an activity that you can participate in with Graveyard
Hunters without feeling others around you are judgemental.
Whether you are a former Marine, Soldier, Sailor, or Airman, Graveyard
Hunters is Brothers looking after Brothers.
Spearfishing and hook and line fishing in North Carolina requires a
fishing license issued by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources
Commission. A ten-day fishing license can be bought at any NC DMF
office on the spot for seven dollars, and fishing licenses for disabled
Veterans are only ten dollars and are valid for lifetime of the license
holder. If you are a Veteran and don't currently have a NC
fishing license, Graveyard Hunters can help you with getting either the
10-day license on the spot, or help you fill out the paperwork for a
lifetime disabled fishing license by mail.
Your donations help us accomplish out mission
100% of all donations to Graveyard Hunters go to vessel maintenance and
fuel. Graveyard Hunters Board of Directors and Officers are
volunteers, and receive no payment or compensation for their
work. Any unwanted catch is donated to Hope Mission Ministries
soup kitchen and used to feed the needy. Volunteers are
always welcome, but it's donations that keep gas in the tank and the
boat maintained. Generous sponsors can always donate by
contacting us. Your generous donation is tax exempt to the extent
permitted by law.
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Located on the Atlantic Beach Causeway in Atlantic Beach, NC.