Assisting Veterans: Evinrude and The Wounded Warrior Project
Jeff Thompson and the Wounded Warrior Project were invited to the 2013 Bassmaster Classic this year to spend time taking wounded veterans out fishing for a few hours. Many of these veterans have not been able to get back out on the water since their return from duty, so this gives them an opportunity to experience fishing again for the first time since serving in the military.
Thompson is a wounded warrior himself, and he went through an experimental surgery in 2010 just so he could be able to walk again. Thompson worked with Ranger Boats and Evinrude to develop the “first handicap rail system designed for all boats and certified by the federal government.” The Fish’n Rail handicap security system is manufactured by EPCO.
In this video, Thompson takes two veterans and their service dogs out on the water for a few hours of fishing alongside actual professional anglers.
Started in August of 2012 at the Forrest Wood Cup, Thompson began taking wounded veterans out on the water in the “Operation Troop Salute” Ranger boat. Now in 2013, The Wounded Warrior Project and the “Operation Troop Salute” boat will be a part of many more events, including BASS, FLW, and PWA tournaments.
He is going to be a part of four tournaments in 2013 and next year plans to offer this Wounded Warrior program in the entire tour circuit.
For more information and to give to the Wounded Warrior Project, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
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