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Charter captains offer fishing escape for veterans

July 30, 2014

NARRAGANSETT—As part of the Boston VA’s Adaptive Sports Clinic program, a group of veterans were able to hop aboard Rhode Island charter boats this past Thursday and leave shore on an adventure of fishing and fun.
“I didn’t even like fishing, but I am glad I did it,” said veteran John Taylor. “I caught one and just shot the breeze with everyone on the boat.”
Approximately a dozen Rhode Island fishing captains motored out of Galilee on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. to hook as much fish as they could, as well as to enjoy the time away from shore. The event was organized through the VA and Veteran Angler Charters, a non-profit based in Connecticut which offers veterans of any war a chance to escape the difficulties of daily life and enjoy time on the waves fishing.
“We work regularly with Jenny MacLaughlin and the Boston VA’s Adaptive Services Program,” said Kathy Granfield, founder of Veteran Angler Charters.  “When the venue for the saltwater fishing portion of the All New England Adaptive Sports Clinic was set for Rhode Island, Jenny approached us and asked if we could provide the fishing.  Though I was honored that she came to us first, I knew that we were too small with only three boats in our program to provide fishing for 75 people.”

For more of this story pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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