Please join Cody (One Boy USO) in Quincy, Il for the Fishing for Freedom on June 2nd and 3rd to honor our Troops!
The Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) will soon be entering it’s 10th year and our troops have served on multiple combat deployments. The stresses of combat and high operational tempo have strained our military and their families to no end. We have seen and heard the stories of these heroes as many have returned home with horrific physical injuries, but a tremendous psychological toll is also being paid. Even though several new Department of Defense and Veterans Administration initiatives have attempted to de-stigmatize and address all aspects of mental health, suicide rates are alarmingly high across all services and within our transitioned GWOT veteran population. There is more we can do to help these veterans deal with the baggage of combat and get back to some resemblance of their normal lives.
By their very nature, outdoor recreational activities are extremely therapeutic and have been shown through recent examples to make a difference in our returning warrior’s lives. Although angling is only one of those outdoor activities, it is one that can help our returning heroes escape the hardships of combat deployments and begin the process of assimilation back into to everyday life.
Inspired by the Army Bass Anglers, and fishing guides to take wounded warriors and GWOT veterans out for a day of tournament bass fishing. With assistance from a network of bass anglers throughout the region and caring local and corporate sponsors, the Bi-State Basser’s Bass Club will be hosting their 2nd annual Fishing For Freedom event on 2-3 June 2012 at the Quincy IL fishing on the mighty Mississippi River.
We still need boats so if you have one and can help please contact Dave (below). THANK YOU!!
Contact Dave Ulrich for more information: