Did you see the nightly news last night? The story about the soldier returning home from Afghanistan being embraced by a grateful family at the airport. Did you see the bystanders offering a well deserved round of applause? Well, it hasn’t always been that way. When the 2.6 million who served in Vietnam returned to the good ol’ USA it was different. Most were never spat upon, but until very recently they never heard the words, “Thank you for your service.” Now those same words flow easily from most of our lips. And rightly so.
What better way to say thank you than to place a fly rod in the hands of one of our veterans? Through our Veterans Service Program every one of us has the opportunity to pass on the sport we love to a surviving veteran. Through our ongoing Fly Fishing 101 sessions and the many on-stream outings that follow, we can repay the sacrifices made by these men and women. And who knows…you might just find the best fishing partner you've ever had.
Those 59,148 folks listed on the Vietnam Wall never got the chance, but today there are a million of their fellow soldiers living across this land of ours. Many live right in your neighborhood; many are receiving care at the local VA clinic, and every one of them can benefit from what we have to offer.
March 29th is Vietnam Veterans Day...a day set aside to honor those who served in Vietnam. Please make a point to tell one of them thanks.
For more information on how you can get involved in this noble and rewarding experience contact Alan Folger at firstname.lastname@example.org of give him a call at 828-290-3730.