A free fishing trip for veterans that was organized by the Mercury Marine Military Veterans Network and the Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries was held last Saturday.
The event provided fishing, meals and souvenirs for 21 veterans in the Fond du Lac area, many of whom have combat-related disabilities.
Veterans who participated expressed gratitude for the opportunity to get on the water, and some said they had not been able to fish in years.
One participant stated that fishing locally on small rivers had been an option in the past but not on a big lake, where he could catch walleye and other larger fish, Fishing Has No Boundaries board member Tracy Qualmann said in a statement.
“This chance to partner with Mercury gave Fond du Lac Fishing Has No Boundaries the opportunity to expand our reach to another population,” Qualmann said. “Together, we developed this experience for veterans in our community. Being part of this collaboration is truly humbling, and our board is excited to continue this partnership.”
The Mercury Marine Military Veterans Network and Fishing Has No Boundaries hope to make the fishing trip an annual event, in addition to other collaborations for veterans and service members in the Fond du Lac community.