What we do is simple – give a fun day out on the water to any Veteran who wants to go. The day begins with coffee and dounts and the boats go out for a ride, and sometimes even some swimming or fishing. The captains then return back to the marina for a cookout, camaraderie, and the presentation of gifts and donations collected from the supporting business. No one working for Boats4Vets receives any compensation – all of our efforts are purely volunatry.
This organization was started by my father, Mike, back in 2010 with the first event held on Harsens Island. Even in the early days, these were great events that were so popular that they led to the opening of new chapters in Port Huron and Lake Fenton. In May 2014, he asked me to assume the duties of Treasurer and Board Member – after seeing how much the local Veteran community loved these events, how could I say no? I still currently serve in those roles.
I’m a Veteran of the US Navy like my father before me, and I also have family members who have served in the Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force. Strong military blood runs through my veins, and it has always been my mission to do what I can for as many Veterans as possible. This group lets me do just that.
John Pajak: Chaplain
Former director of housekeeping for Palace Sports and Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons
Currently pastor at New Hudson United Methodist Church
Lives in South Lyon