Team of Veterans Sails to End Veteran Suicide at Figawi

Looks to repeat victory while raising funds for America's Warrior Partnership

The Westport Group, a veteran-owned business in Braintree, MA, has teamed with America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) to race in the Figawi on Memorial Day weekend in Hyannis, MA. The veteran-led team will be sailing to raise awareness and funds to fight veteran suicide, which has struck the Boston area at an alarming rate.

“Our race this year is more important than ever to the community, as Boston is marked by especially high veteran suicide rates,” says AWP CEO Jim Lorraine. “AWP is bringing attention and aid to the devastatingly high occurrences of veteran suicide across the nation through our Operation Deep Dive initiative.”

The team found success at last year’s Figawi with a division victory. This year, they are looking to defend their title, on a boat aptly named Defender.

Bringing aid and awareness to veterans’ causes is a mission close to our hearts" said Defender Captain Martha Kristian. "And to do so in such a light-spirited, competitive way is truly affirming – not to mention how good it will feel to kick some butt again this year.”

The Defender will be manned by veterans including:

  • Jim Lorraine, AWP President and CEO, former Deputy Command Surgeon U.S. Special Ops
  • Chris Kristian, The Westport Group, Executive Vice President and Managing Director
  • Gary Terry, The Westport Group, Executive Vice President and Managing Director
  • David Fridovich, AWP board member, former Commander U.S. Special Operations Command
  • John Jones, AWP Chief Development Officer, former Sergeant U.S. Marine Corps

About America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps between veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our programs bolster nonprofit efficacy, improving their results, and empowering their initiatives.

For more information, visit
@AWPartnership   #awpartnership

About The Westport Group

The Westport Group’s proprietary insurance coverage empowers companies to offer top talent a greater amount of protection from the financial challenges of an unexpected disability. As an innovator and industry leader, TWG serves their clients with bespoke products, intuitive service, and unwavering integrity. TWG is a veteran-owned business and proud supporter of Figawi Charities. For more information, please visit

About The Figawi Charities

The Figawi Charities benefit many in Massachusetts, but with a special focus on veterans, first responders and youth. To learn more and to donate, please visit