Dean Dauphinais and Marcus Chischilly, Co-Founders of All Star Vets, recently sat down with Rise Up Radio hosts, Jared Kelley and James Carmody to talk about All Star Vets. Listen as Dauphinais explains how he wanted to do something outside of the medical model, which is prescribing medication to veterans and limited modalities of healing. Dauphinais told Carmody and Kelley, “We came up with All Star Vets as a way to promote health in a more holistic manner. And in a way that also brings veterans together. And nothing does that better than sports, I don’t think”. He goes on to say, “By using sports as the vehicle to bring our vets and their families together we can organically engage in discussions about what our vets are going through.” Chischilly, a Marine veteran is also an international adaptive sports competitor. While serving in Afghanistan, he stepped on an IED and lost his left leg above the knee. He talks about his experiences with depression and his realization that there was going to be a lot of things he would have to adapt to after his injury. Chischilly talks about how adaptive sports helped him and how they are working to help others. He told Kelley and Carmody, “We really started this All Star Vets thing with the mindset that we wanted to change the availability not just from a healthcare standpoint, but as Dean said, changing the way that veterans look at sports. But look at outlets to relieve some of the residual effects that are deemed just from military experience in general.”
All Star Vets is back and better than ever as team members Dean Dauphinais and Angel Garcia sit down to discuss the organization’s Salute-2-Heroes Program and how funds raised through our softball tournaments not only honor fallen soldiers, like Marine Master Sergeant Buentello, but also work to improve our veteran communities through sports.
For those interested in participating – All Star VetsTeam is hosting two softball tournaments on November 11th and 12th in San Diego – find out more by going to our Salute-2-Heroes Charity Softball Tournament page where team’s can register.