Wounded vets en­joy fish­ing trip on the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay

Record Observer - - Community - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Five wounded vet­er­ans vis­ited Queen Anne’s County re­cently for a fish­ing ad­ven­ture, spon­sored by Wounded He­roes Hunt­ing Camp.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fers wounded vet­er­ans the op­por­tu­nity to get out­doors and unite with fel­low Wounded He­roes dur­ing their ad­ven­tures, said WHHC guide Chris Rupp, who co­or­di­nated the trip.

Wounded He­roes at­tend­ing in­cluded Army vet­er­ans Billy Sum­mers, James Taulbee, Tim Shives, Navy vet­eran Christopher Ma­thena and Air Force vet­eran James New. Each brought a wife, fam­ily mem­ber or care­giver with them.

They ar­rived July 11 and were treated to din­ner at Fish­er­man’s Crab Deck and ac­com­mo­da­tions at The Hil­ton Gar­den Inn at Kent Nar­rows. At din­ner, they were wel­comed by Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sioner Jack Wil­son and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Gra­sonville VFW.

Rupp had in­vited mem­bers of the lo­cal VFW to join the group for din­ner, but he got a sur­prise. For­mer Post Com­man­der Craig Con­rad and cur­rent Jr. Vice Com­man­der James Clark came not for din­ner, but the thank the vet­er­ans for their ser­vice, and they do­nated an un­so­licited $1,000 to help de­fray the costs of the event.

Early July 12, the group headed out for a day on the Bay with Cap­tain Mike Sadler of The South­ern Belle char­ter boat, out of Kent­morr Ma­rina in Stevensville.

Sadler helped the vet­er­ans catch 13 le­gal-sized rock­fish. Ev­ery vet­eran caught at least one. Upon ar­rival back from their ex­cur­sion the fish were fil­leted by per­son­nel at the Kent­morr Ma­rina for the vets to take home for din­ner.

Founded in 2012, WHHC, an all-vol­un­teer 501(c)3 or­ga­ni­za­tion, spon­sors reg­u­lar hunt­ing and fish­ing trips for vet­er­ans to help them with their heal­ing process. Ac­cord­ing to its mis­sion state­ment, “WHHC is ded­i­cated to go­ing above and be­yond to make an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence for those who truly deser ve it.”

Rupp said, “The hunt­ing and fish­ing trips chal­lenge them, em­power them, and en­able them to do the things they love to do. All ex­penses paid, our group fo­cuses on unit­ing fel­low Wounded He­roes on our out­door ad­ven­tures.”

He is plan­ning an­other trip here for vet­er­ans in Septem­ber.

For more in­for­ma­tion about WHHC, go on­line to www. wh­h­camp.org. There is also a face­book list­ing at www.face­book.com/wh­h­camp.


From the left, Gra­sonville VFW Post 7464 rep­re­sen­ta­tives Past Com­man­der Craig Con­rad and Jr. Vice Com­man­der James Clark, Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sioner Jack Wil­son, Wounded He­roes Fish­ing Camp Co­or­di­na­tor Chris Rupp, and Wounded He­roes par­tic­i­pants James New, Billy Sum­mers, James Taulbee, and, seated, Christopher Ma­thena with his trained 3-year-old Ger­man Shep­ard ser­vice dog Trinka. The VFW pre­sented a check for $1,000 to Rupp for Wounded He­roes Hunt­ing Camp.

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