Mission Statement:

Pay4ward, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, reintegrates combat vets into society through sailing.  Day sailing in an open boat requires teamwork and communication.  It involves shared physical activities and develops camaraderie for the vets involved.

Vision Statement: 

As a Vietnam combat veteran, I was guarded about any involvement with the VA.  In 2006 I began my journey with the VA to finally recognize my PTSD after 40 years.  I began to realize it was OK to talk about Vietnam.  I was fortunate enough to experience two different sailing ventures with young combat vets and realized what a positive impact it had on all of us. I envision that my passion for sailing will be beneficial to other combat vets in finding a purpose in their lives.


Ray Hayes is a Vietnam Combat Vet whose passion for sailing led him to the realization that an ongoing , open and positive communication can evolve from spending an afternoon sailing.

Let’s begin the long journey home.  Learning to feel part of a family, a life and a community.  Finding a purpose.

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4 days 17 hours ago

Pay4ward.org shared Community Foundation of Middlesex County's post.

We love site visits. Great afternoon in Westbrook with our friend Ray Hayes. Members of our grants committee had the opportunity to learn more about Pay4ward.org - a remarkable sailing program for our veterans with PTSD.

THANK YOU, Ray, for taking time to talk with us today about the great support you are giving to our vets - and for being an awesome ambassador for CFMC!


1 week 3 days ago

Pay4ward.org shared Buddhist Vision's video.

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1 week 4 days ago

Pay4ward.org shared We Are The Mighty's video.

On this day in 1972, the last U.S. ground combat unit departs South Vietnam.


1 week 4 days ago

Pay4ward.org shared a post.


During the past 18 months or so I have been graced with the opportunity to free some of my personal burdens in life. I have not set them down but they are not as heavy as I allowed them to be. Seeing, talking with other Veterans openly, in public has made what I felt was a terribly bad dream become a almost forgiveable reality. Since the documentary “We can’t forget Vietnam” had been become public I have felt maybe more charitable to myself in my opinion. It is terrible to hate oneself so hard. It takes work. It takes effort to regret waking up. It takes effort to lack self-worth. Self-dignity is a luxury to many who served and does not come easy especially when the rest of the world openly told you had no worth no value. This documentary, had it been made elsewhere and had I not had some input may not have touched me as it did. But hearing each interviewee share my pain, my anger, my grief gave me the realism I really am not the only crazy one out here. It wasn’t me after all.
Bill Mahon

Bill Mahon I was with A Troop 1/1 Cav Americal Division 70-71 11D Caav inf scout
I will say there is a follow up film called "From the Ashes of Vietnam" and it can be viewed via google it is a Marines love story that ignited after the first video aired