About Boating For Heroes

To The Left Is

Mr. Elton "Roy" Hyland"

Roy is a U.S. Naval Veteran and served from 1978-1984.

His first tour was with VAQ-131 out of Whidbey Island, Washington. The LANCERS were tasked with Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) flying the now decommissioned EA-6B Prowler. His tours as a Lancer include multiple Indian Ocean and Mediterranean deployments.

He frequented the USS America & USS Independence aircraft carriers which, at the time embarked out of Norfolk, Virginia.  In 1982, he transferred to N.A.S. Corpus Christi, Texas and served as line supervisor with VT-27. Flying the venerable T-28B Trojan, the BOOMERS Sqd. was tasked with primary flight training for all U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine & assorted other foreign Cadets.

He currently holds a pilots license, engaging in multiple flight related hobbies. He has been a member of Boating For Heroes for 4 years, recently moving to Tennessee where he is currently opening up ANOTHER division of this great organization.

Elton Roy Hyland -

aka "Gilligan"

Turning a Vision into Reality

To The Right is

Mr. Keith Mathews

Founder - Boating For Heroes


Keith is the founder of Boating For Heroes and resides in the town of Enumclaw, Washington.

He is the Skipper of the Lady Catherine, a 26ft. RH Boats Pro Cuddy Seahawk. 

He handles the day to day operations of the main organization.

Having extensive boating experience from Viet Nam, Keith is right at home on the water. A safe and able seaman, Keith ensures your trip in Western Washington State will be a safe and  memorable one.

Keith Mathews

aka "Capt. Crabpot"

What Sets Us Apart?

There are many Vetrans help organizations out there. One constant being that most extract fees in one way or another for their services.


We accept NO MONEY from any Active Duty, Veteran or family member.


If you wish to donate, please send funds to your local Veterans of Foreign Wars ( VFW ). They are well equipped at getting money where it is needed.

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