VFW spon­sors fish­ing trip for wounded veter­ans

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

GRASONVILLE — Veter­ans of For­eign Wars, Post 7464, in Grasonville, spon­sored a fish­ing trip for wounded veter­ans through Wounded He­roes Hunt­ing Camp, a reg­is­tered 501(c)3 or­ga­ni­za­tion that’s mis­sion is to pro­vide fish­ing and hunt­ing ex­cur­sions to veter­ans who are still re­cov­er­ing from in­juries re­ceived while serv­ing our na­tion. Those who at­tended this trip were Army veter­ans Mike Geib, of Carlisle, PA, and Shawn Cush­ing of Oden­ton; Navy vet­eran Art Har­ley of New Kens­ing­ton, PA, USAF vet­eran Daniel Com­rey, of Finks­burg, and Marine vet­eran Tor Peery, of Ft. Belvoir.

Ear­lier this past sum­mer, the VFW was present at an­other WHHC spon­sored fish­ing trip and pre­sented a check for $1,000 to help cover some of the costs of host­ing that group. A din­ner was pro­vided at a local restau­rant, ho­tel lodg­ing, and ar­range­ments sched­uled for Cap­tain Mike Sadler, of the South­ern Belle char­ter boat fish­ing, lo­cated at Kent­morr Ma­rina, to take that group out fish­ing for Rock­fish. Upon re­turn from the fish­ing trip, a mem­ber of Cap­tain Mike’s crew quickly fil­leted the rock­fish that were caught by the veter­ans to take home, as a ser­vice he al­ways pro­vides his fish­ing par­ties. Sadler hosts and takes out at least one vet­eran’s group each month free of charge through any of­fi­cial veter­ans or­ga­ni­za­tion, like WHHC. He did that again, Tues­day, Sept. 13.

Local VFW Post Com­man­der Herb Jones wel­comed the veter­ans Mon­day evening, Sept. 9, at the post with a steamed shrimp din­ner with all the trim­mings, thank­ing them for their ser­vice and sac­ri­fice for the coun­try. Fol­low­ing that, the veter­ans were pro­vided lodg­ing at a local ho­tel, and af­ter the fish­ing trip Tues­day, a send off lun­cheon of a spe­cial spaghetti meal, again at the VFW.

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

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

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Pic­tured at Veter­ans of For­eign Wars, Post 7464, in Grasonville, mem­bers of the post and wounded veter­ans who par­tic­i­pated in a post spon­sored fish­ing trip on Tues­day, Septem­ber 13 with Cap­tain Mike Sadler’s South­ern Belle char­ter boat. From the left, Post Com­man­der Herb Jones, VFW mem­bers Bob Shek, Rick Hag­man, Jim Clark, veter­ans Mike Geib USA, of Carlisle, PA; Art Har­ley USN, of New Kens­ing­ton; Daniel Com­rey USAF, of Finks­burg; Shawn Cush­ing USA of Oden­ton; Chris Baker USA of Cen­tre­ville; Post Ad­ju­tant Doug Wo­mack and Wounded He­roes Guide Chris Rupp. The group re­ceived a steamed shrimp din­ner Mon­day evening, Sept. 12, stayed overnight at a local ho­tel, fished Tues­day morn­ing, and was treated to a spe­cial Ital­ian lun­cheon at the post Tues­day af­ter­noon. Post 7464 spon­sored the trip through Wounded He­roes Hunt­ing Camps.

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