An all inclusive, therapeutic experience to get Veterans out on the water with no worries other than reeling in new memories!
I’m Ryan Berk, the Owner and Captain of Salty Grunt Sportfishing and the founder of our Warrior on the Water excursions. Prior to my start in the charter business, I have experience as a municipal Police Officer as well as an Infantryman in the U.S. Army, where I received a Purple Heart during my deployment to Afghanistan. Upon leaving the Military and transitioning back to civilian life, I found it difficult to get back into the state of normalcy that we are all so fortunate to have here at home. After searching for a sense of purpose after getting out, I took to my passion of fishing & found it was the most therapeutic activity I could do to get back to where I wanted to be. After seeing the benefits to a day out on the water to clear the mind & have some fun, I decided I wanted to share my experiences on the water with other combat veterans. That’s when I got the idea to start Salty Grunt Sportfishing's Warrior on the Water. I decided to start the process to become a USCG licensed captain and take the steps needed to make my vision a reality. I wanted to start Warrior on the Water so I can make trips possible for fellow Vets who may be struggling after returning from war or transitioning out of the military. Once a month, I will be hosting a "Warrior on the Water," where I will be providing a veteran with an all expenses paid, full day fishing trip. Food, beverages, bait, tackle, good company and gifts will be provided to the hero that we get to spend the day with on the water. After a day of fishing, the Veteran will be lodged in a local condo where there will be a bbq, ceremony and DJ to celebrate the day and the service of the hero. Everything is included at no cost to the veteran, they just need to show up. All Veterans deserve the opportunities I’ve been blessed with on the water and I want to make that happen for them. Aside from fishing, having the opportunity to speak to like-minded people who share similar experiences is something that is beneficial to everyone. Combine that with being on a boat and you can’t beat it!
Unlike other Fishing, Non-Profit Organizations that are focused on helping veterans, Warrior on the Water does not send veterans on other boats with different captains. These other groups are fantastic in their mission and help several veterans at a time, however we operate a little differently. Warrior on the Water is a smaller organization focused on helping one veteran at a time to make it a more personal experience. As the owner and Captain of Salty Grunt Sportfishing, and being a combat veteran myself, it affords me the opportunity to connect with each veteran and provide the like minded mentality in a way that may not be achievable if they are sent with a different captain. I also like to limit each excursion to only one veteran per trip. This allows us to ensure each experience is personal, and that I can give my undivided attention to the hero on board making their experience unforgettable and the most beneficial.
As a 501c3 Non-profit organization, any donation in support of the "Warrior on the Water" Excursion, whether it be financial or equipment provided, will go directly to a veteran's day on the water, and is tax deductible. Food, drinks, gear, and gifts, as well as memories of a lifetime, will all be provided at no cost to the veteran or their families. Any business or corporation that helps support the cause will be mentioned on all Salty Grunt platforms. We will also provide updates and pictures from the veteran's experience. Aside from helping financially, we will occasionally be looking for new volunteers to help out with all aspects of the Warrior on the Water excursions including but not limited too; Photography/Videography, catering, DJ operations and transportation. Warrior on the Water is operated by volunteers only; there are no paid employees. The Salty Grunt crew as well as America's Finest thank you for your generosity and support!
Salty Grunt Sport Fishing is always looking for another hero to take out on the water. If you or someone you know is a combat veteran who could use a day on the water, please send an email providing some details of the veteran's story, experience, and proof of service. Once the veteran is selected, I will contact them directly to set up a date for their excursion! We also strongly encourage Gold Star Families as well as Families of Fallen Police Officers to reach out as we greatly appreciate their sacrifices as well. All information regarding a Veteran in need can be sent in the email box located at the bottom of the page.
All donations are tax deductible and go towards making another Combat Veterans experience on the water unforgettable. Salty Grunt Sportfishing's Warrior on the Water is operated by volunteers only.
The official registration and financial information of Salty Grunt Sportfishing's Warrior on the Water, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1(800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.