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Carlos Poysky, the president and CEO of Wind Sports for Wounded Warriors, left, is pictured with Jeff Montaigne, owner of Coastal Kitchen, outside the restaurant at the Golden Isles Marina. Poysky is teaming up with Montaigne to hold a fundraising event at the restaurant Oct. 10.

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For Carlos Poysky, service has always been second nature. Born on a U.S. Air Force base outside of Madrid, Spain, his father was in the military when he met Poysky’s Spanish mother.

“We managed to spend a large portion of my childhood in Spain. That being said, I have lived in Georgia most of my life,” he said.

It was only natural that Poysky would follow in his father’s footsteps, only he served in an Army Airborne Ranger battalion instead of the Air Force.

“I spent my entire enlistment as an Airborne ranger in the First Ranger Battalion, which is located in Savannah, where I met my wife,” Poysky said.

Coming from such a lengthy military background, he already had a unique sense of what it meant to serve and how that service can impact the men and women in uniform. But it was during one event in particular that Poysky’s course was set.

“About five years ago, I attended a hunting event for Special Operations Wounded Warriors that was put on by a Ranger buddy of mine. I was so impressed by the positive impact the event had that I knew I had to do something similar with my passion — which is kiteboarding,” he said.

“I told my Ranger buddy about my plans to which he stated, ‘It will be the most frustrating, and most rewarding thing you’ll ever do.’ He was right on both counts.”

That’s how Wind Sports for Wounded Warriors (ws4ww) was born. The 501©3 non-profit organization that is independent from other Wounded Warrior organizations and focuses on serving combat wounded armed forces military service personnel and veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Poysky now serves as chair and chief executive officer of the St. Simons Island-based branch, reaching out to his fellow veterans and providing them with support and healing.

“We teach our wounded warriors how to sail and kiteboard and donate equipment and/or memberships to them so that they can continue to remain active and become part of a larger wind sports community that will provide some emotional support through similar camaraderie that they may have grown accustomed to during their military service,” Poysky explained.

While the organization is a non-profit, the group is always in need of additional funding and support. That’s why Poysky and his crew plan various Wind Sports for Wounded Warriors fundraisers throughout the year. One such event is fast approaching.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Jeff Montaigne, the owner of Coastal Kitchen at the Golden Isles Marina, will be hosting the group for a Warrior Bash. The fundraising event will allow the community to come out and enjoy beer, wine and live music from the Space Kittens. There will also be door prizes and an auction. The $20 price of an arm band for admission will go toward supporting the Wind Sports for Wounded Warriors project.

Poysky says this particular fundraiser will be key to putting the group’s second Veterans Day Kiteboarding Weekend retreat in Key West.

“At this event, we will be introducing some great people to the sport of kiteboarding. One will be a soldier who has lost a leg to a rocket attack. Another is an airman who has become a paraplegic to a rocket attack as well. We need to provide these and other individuals with expensive kiteboarding equipment,” he said.

While he hopes everyone can come out and enjoy the evening, Poysky says donations can also be made online or by mailing checks made payable to Water Sports For Wounded Warriors to 620 Sea Island Drive, No. 239, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. PayPal donations can be sent to info@windsportsforwoundedwarriors.org.

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