First Annual Reel American Heroes Fishing Tournament
May 21-22, 2011
Joint Base Bolling-Anacostia (formerly Bolling Air Force Base)
With the economy issue here and the continuing conflicts going on around the world, simple acts of generosity go a long way. Fishermen understand the power that fishing has. Being able to make everything go away for a while, make good memories. The funny thing is we know Fish Fun Co. has the coolest thing around, so we knew a remote control fishing boat is an easy way instant smiles! few smiles on the faces of our troops and their
children who otherwise don’t receive enough recognition for their generous sacrifices. Since 2009 Fish Fun Co has risen to support our troops, here and abroad. After hearing about the “Take a Vet Fishing Day Tournament” we had the satisfaction of a few smiles on the faces of our troops and their children who otherwise don’t receive enough recognition for their generous sacrifices. 2011 is no different!
At the May 2009 ‘Take A Vet Fishing” tournament we met an amazing young soldier named Jason Lettermen. He was a couple months away from retirement when he lost both legs while serving in the Middle East. When Jason arrived at the tournament he was in a wheelchair and was extremely excitied about participating in the event. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to spend a lot of time with this amazing young man. He wanted to know everything we could tell him about fishing and we provided him with details on how to use all of the baits that we gave him. Unfortunately it rained hard the night before the tournament and the ground was muddy but that did not stop Jason. He was determined to prove that he was fully capable of handling this situation on his own and would not let us help him. We were both amazed and impressed at Jason’s determination and ability to naigate the wheelchair in these conditions. Jason and his family were provided with a pontoon boat and a bass angler to fish the tournament. When the fish were weighed in at the end of the tournament Jason and his family ended up finishing in the top three both days.
At the end of the day, prizes were given out to people that had purchased raffle tickets. When the big prize of the day was being given away in the raffle, Mrs. DeFreitas won a remote controlled fishing boat as her prize. Mrs. DeFreitas looked over at Jason’s family and decided that she wanted to give the boat to Jason’s two sons.