First and foremost, let all of us at Mystery Tackle Box as this: It is with unspeakable gratitude that we thank and honor all of the veterans (and their families) who have sacrificed so much for our country. We wouldn’t be where we are today without each and every one of you, and we appreciate all of your sacrifices.
For those of us who want to show our appreciation on Veteran’s Day, we don’t always know the best route. Sure you can post to social media and use a #ThankYou hashtag, but to actually support our nation’s Veteran’s, here are a few fishing-related resources you can use.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.™ is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
The mission statement of Heroes On The Water is: To help warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors.
Let’s go fishing aims not just to bring “Bringing Natures Healing and Well-being to Seniors, Veterans, and the Disabled.”
Take a vet fishing aims to, well, take vets fishing. They encourage the sport of fishing as a relaxing way for Veteran’s to enjoy their time back home in the United States.
Vets fishing with vets is a non-profit tournament which raises funds and awareness for health of Veterans nationwide. The tournament raises money directly for the troops and veterans.
Tight Lines For Troops is another tournament raising money for the troops. Aiming to raise money for injured troops in 2009, this tournament has grown over time to be one of the brightest spots of veteran support in the country.
Operation Second Chance main mission is to provide support for the Soldiers and Marines while they are here at WRNMMC and then to further assist them when they transition either back to duty or back to civilian life. They use fishing as a coping mechanism and escape from stressful returns to civilian life.
Fishing For Heroes gives former active duty troops fully expensed fly fishing courses and trips. This is a therapy package for injured veterans or those suffering from PTSD or combat fatigue.
The Salmon Assault is a tournament whose proceeds benefit West Michigan area veterans. This is a nonprofit organization that helps local area veterans with various types of assistance both big and small.
The Freedom Fighters Outdoors mission: To assist our nations injured veterans in their transition from the armed services to civilian life by showing our gratitude through organized outdoor activities. The main activity of those: Catching big fish.
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