Major Rob Soltes Golf Tournament

Supporting the Operation Peer Support Program of the BVA November 11th, 2020 at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club

Introducing Lonnie Bedwell

Former US Navy Petty Officer, Lonnie Bedwell, was critically injured in a hunting accident in 1997 that took his sight instantly. That didn’t stop him from raising three daughters as a single father and becoming a renowned adventure sports athlete. He holds first blind descents kayaking the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, the Zambezi River in Africa, and the Gauley River in West Virginia – some of the most challenging stretches of whitewater in the world. He was named a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. He has climbed notable peaks such as Mt. Kilimanjaro, he downhill skis, and volunteers in his hometown in southern Indiana doing roofing, construction and supporting veteran related nonprofits and local schools. Lonnie is an advocate for blind/visually impaired individuals, veterans, and anyone facing adversity in their life. His goal is to motivate and inspire people to embrace life with confidence and courage. He has appeared on the Today Show, Steve Harvey Show, Outside TV, and has been featured in countless news outlets and publications. He is the author of the award-winning book 226: How I Became the First Blind Person to Kayak the Grand Canyon and shares his passion for adventure and overcoming obstacles with audiences around the country as a motivational speaker