National campaign raises funds for cleanup vessel

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Marinas, yacht clubs, boat dealers, fishing clubs, marine equipment companies and others in the U.S. marine industry are sponsoring fundraising parties to help launch the Wounded Nature Working Veterans’ Coast Guard boat.

On an average day, the Coast Guard saves 12 lives, responds to 64 search-and-rescue cases and investigates 13 marine accidents and 10 pollution incidents. It screens 720 commercial vessels and 183,000 crew and passengers and inspects 68 containers, keeping 842 pounds of cocaine off the streets each day, according to the Working Nature Wounded Veterans group.

Every participant in this national campaign will receive a Team Coast Guard sticker for their boat or car. Each person who donates $2,500 will receive a bronze appreciation plaque. Donors of $5,000 receive a gold level plaque, and donors of $10,000 get a platinum level plaque.

All of the entities that participate and support the Coast Guard vessel will receive a certificate of appreciation for their support. Facilities raising a donation of $25,000 will receive a bronze level plaque, those that raise $50,000 will receive a gold level plaque, and those that raise $100,000 will get a platinum level plaque.

All 2012 donations will be used to fund the houseboat (Victory Vessel) honoring the Coast Guard. This boat will be used on the East Coast to clean beaches and educate the public about litter and will be staffed by recently discharged veterans.

Starting in 2013, donations will be split to support the boat honoring the Coast Guard and the new Coast Guard museum.

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