Cow Harbor Warriors Overview
Established in 2012, “Cow Harbor Warriors” is 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. It is made up of a team of dedicated Northport community members focused on "honoring and enabling” individuals in the tristate area who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), by raising funds and awareness and enlisting the community’s support for organizations that advance wounded warriors and other veterans in need, past their visible and invisible injuries. The Cow Harbor Warrior Weekend was created as a way to raise funds and awareness for the veterans and veterans’ organizations we support, by inviting wounded warriors/veterans in need, their families and our community members to a weekend of recreation, celebration and appreciation. Since its inception in 2012, the Cow Harbor Warrior organization has donated over $235,000 to veteran organizations that help advance the wellbeing of injured veterans or veterans in need including: The Wounded Warriors Project, the Semper Fi Fund, Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network (DAV TN), Paws of War, the Northport VA Medical Center and others.
For clarification purposes, Cow Harbor Warriors is not, nor has it ever been, a subsidiary, division or other corporate form of the Wounded Warrior Project("WWP"). In 2012, as a brand new organization, CHW teamed up with the much more experienced WWP for our first Cow Harbor Warrior Weekend. We hosted 24 service members, that WWP helped identify, for a weekend of appreciation, recreation and celebration. Our 2012 goal was just to be able to fund that first Warrior Weekend. However, we were more successful than we ever imagined and were able to donate the additional contributions we raised to the Wounded Warrior Project in support of the many programs they offer to wounded OIF/OEF veterans and their families. Following that first year we decided to partner with more local veteran organizations, such as the Semper Fi Fund, Northport VA Medical Center, Paws of War and others that can directly impact the wellbeing and advancement of tristate wounded veterans and veterans in need.
Cow Harbor Warriors WeekendFor the past 14 years the men and women of America’s armed forces have been fighting for our freedom abroad and now, our veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are returning home. The Northport and Huntington communities have continued to support our troops and remember our veterans in many ways. As of today more than 53,000 American service men and women have been physically injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. It is estimated that over 400,000 service men and women suffer from the invisible wounds of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) In working with organizations that advance the recovery of our OIF/OEF veterans , Cow Harbor Warriors has encouraged their community to help to create an annual weekend of recreation, celebration and appreciation in order to honor and enable the tristate wounded warriors and veterans in need.
2015: CHW PROUDLY JOINS INAUGURAL SUFFOLK VETERANS RACE SERIES - DONATES $75,000 TO LOCAL VETERANS ORGINAZATIONS FOR 2nd YEAR IN A ROWCow Harbor Warriors had another successful year of raising awareness and funds for post 9/11 wounded warriors and veterans in need. On April 16, 2015 Members of the Cow Harbor Warriors today joined Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to announce details of a series of road races to honor and enable veterans from throughout Suffolk County. This date was also the start of a symbolic 22-week awareness campaign leading up to the Cow Harbor Warrior Weekend this past September 12th 2015. Warrior Weekend was created to thank and help enable local and tristate OIF/OEF veterans to advance past their injuries, including the often invisible ones such as post-traumatic stress (PTS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). In 2014 the organization made a special effort to raise awareness regarding the 22 suicides affecting veterans each day.
During the 22 weeks leading up to the third Warrior Weekend, CHW ran a succession of awareness activities and fund raising events designed to publicize not only Cow Harbor Warrior Weekend, but, more importantly, the reasons why it is so incredibly necessary to hold this event – including letting the public know about issues affecting veterans.
The hard fact that some 22 veterans take their own lives each day is a tragedy beyond measure. Each year, the number of veterans who die by their own hand eclipses the total OEF/OIF U.S. military killed in action since 9/11. Organizations like the Semper Fi Fund, Paws of War, Northport VA Medical Center, Medicinal Missions and other support organizations are doing what they can to help, and we commend them for their efforts. Thanks to our volunteers, partners, our community and our supporters for making Warrior Weekend a resounding success, Cow Harbor Warriors was able to donate $75,000 in total to the Semper Fi Fund, the Northport VAMC specialty programs, the Northport DAV and Paws of War. On April 9th, CHW will again launch its 22 week awareness and funding raising campaign leading up to our 2016 Warrior Weekend.
Warrior Welcome Parade
4-Mile Warrior Run
Fishing for Freedom Tournament
CHW Golf Tournament
Adaptive Water Sports
Northport Sunset Clam Bake