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Purple Heart recipients to enjoy halibut fishing in Alaska

 


Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation (WWIA) is sending four Purple Heart recipients on an all-expense-paid fishing trip in Seward. Hosted by John Moline of INN and OUT Charters, along with Kenai Fjords Bed & Breakfast, this annual trip will include five full days of guided fishing and sightseeing. Catching fish and spending the week in the Great Outdoors helps these veterans achieve a level of satisfaction and achievement that has often been missing from their lives. While the catch can be exciting, the main event on this trip is the opportunity to connect with other Purple Heart recipients and be welcomed by a thankful and caring community.

One hero on last year’s event said, “It was a wonderful experience to spend time with fellow Warriors helping to open up about our experiences both in battle and the hurdles following. This trip also helped me in my personal recovery and ability to reach out to other veterans and to see the generosity and compassion of others in our communities. Thank you so much for everything. I will never forget!”

Wounded Warriors often return home different than when they left to serve our nation, finding their personal and professional lives have changed dramatically. WWIA and hosts like Moline strive to show these Heroes that they can still experience and accomplish great things, no matter their current challenges. After last year’s event, Moline said, “The weather, the company, the scenery and the catching were great. We ended up eating fresh fish, sharing stories and ‘Glacieritas,’ and lamented that the time we had was nearing an end. It is my great pleasure to host these wonderful people; I am very thankful that I could help a few of them experience the glory and amazing country we all inhabit.” Critical to the healing process, whether from traumatic brain injury, permanent limb disability or post- traumatic stress disorder, these events bolster self-confidence while strengthening the bond with nature, local communities and other Purple Heart veterans. Each WWIA event serves 3-5 Heroes and lasts at least 2-3 full days, allowing for optimal bonding, brotherhood and camaraderie.

 

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