VERMILION, Ohio -- Local charter captains, anglers, and businesses host Purple Heart veterans to say "thank you" for their service and sacrifice.
It was a fishing weekend that was months in the making. Local anglers and charter captains "hooked up" with a group that provides outdoor adventures for a special group of veterans -- Purple Heart recipients.
"These guys put their lives on the line and got injured. We were looking for some way to give back to them, show them we appreciate their service," said Larry Fielder, avid angler from Euclid.
He helped organize the event with Wounded Warriors in Action, a 501c3 non-profit. WWIA finds Purple Heart vets with an interest in fishing or hunting, then pairs them up with outdoor organizations.
Frank Boroskey trailered his boat all the way from Pennsylvania to volunteer his service. The company he works for was instrumental in making this go off without a hitch. All travel, accommodations, food, tackle, bait, everything is provided to the veterans free of charge.
Boroskey said he's hoping next year's event grows.
"People really should get involved. It really does make these guys feel like what they did for the country, that it is appreciated," he said.
The event hosted 10 veterans over two days. WKYC Photojornalist Carl Bachtel joined one of the volunteers and his veteran for a day of fishing on Lake Erie.
The fishing was not very good, but everyone had a great time.
If you'd like to learn more about Wounded Warriors in Action, click the link to their website.
If you would be interested in donating for next year's event, just send Big Daddy an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and he'll put you in touch with the proper folks.
To all the veterans out there, thank you for your service. It is very much appreciated.