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Wounded Warriors On The Bay: Catching Perspective … And Fish!

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Because of my job, I’m honored to be a part of a lot of fine charitable organizations.

None make me more proud to be a part than Patriots and Heroes Outdoors, which brings respite to our country’s most severely injured casualties of war.
It is a fishing weekend with some 90 wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Most of them are as young as my kids. They look like babies. Yet they are men’s men. All have earned Purple Hearts and are in severe rehab. Many have lost limbs or are severe burn victims, but are incredibly inspiring.
Several volunteer captains took  boats out with these warriors this weekend.

On my boat was Jason, a Tank Commander who was shot in the back of the head by a sniper when he opened the hatch of his tank to shoe-away some women and children that congregated in front of his tank.

It was a setup. Jason would have died if not for his gunner sticking his thumb in the hole in the back of his head and holding his jaw together with his hands.

Shilo was a gunner on a Humvee that exploded into flames when it hit a roadside bomb in Iraq. He suffered third-degree burns on 60-percent of his body and was the only survivor.

He lost function in both ears, most of his face, shoulder, arm and leg. On Saturday, Jason, Shilo, Shilo’s daughter Lizzy and I caught some redfish, trout, a flounder and a sheephead on East Matagorda Bay.

Patriots and Heroes took all these wounded veterans away from rehab and went fishing. Every year, it’s the best thing I get to be a part of.

The website is Patriotsandheroes.org … I already cannot wait to be a part of it again

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