Flotilla 33 escorts Bay swimmer

Bobby “Boog” Powell decided to go for a swim—a 15 day, 220 mile swim.

“Information came out several years ago that on average, 22 vets a day kill themselves,” Powell said. “One a year is too many, but 22 a day—that number is phenomenal. I’m no doctor myself, but it just seems to reason that more things can be done [to prevent that].”

To raise awareness to the issue of veteran suicide and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Powell elected to swim from the Pentagon Lagoon basin in Washington, D.C. and after a swim of approximately 220 miles arrive at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk. In addition to raising awareness Powell is hoping people will donate to the Fitch Foundation.

“The foundation is here to provide funding for services and resources that empower Veterans to live life to their fullest potential and to remind veterans that their service to our great nation is not forgotten or taken for granted,” said Powell.

“We are proud to assist in Boog Powell’s swim,” said Flotilla 33 commander Walter Montross. “Three auxiliary facilities from Flotilla 33 provided a safety zone on Chesapeake Bay over two days.”

Donations to support Powell’s swim can be made at gofundme.com/yethwjuc.