Bainbridge volunteers go fishing with wounded veterans

Bainbridge volunteers go fishing with wounded veterans
Rachel Trolinger
Rachel Trolinger
Memphis Vaughan
Memphis Vaughan

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - The city of Bainbridge is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to show appreciation for wounded warriors.

The "Take a Warrior Fishing" program allows volunteers to spend quality time out on the lake with our nation's heroes.

You couldn't ask for more beautiful weather or a more relaxing scene to help wounded veterans clear their minds.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Site Manager Memphis Vaughan said, “Fine weather.  It's a perfect time to be out on the lake.”

This is Bainbridge's first year to co-host "Take a Warrior Fishing."

It's an event that the Catch a Special Thrill organization started in 2011 to get veterans out on the water, while volunteers show our country's appreciation.

Vaughan said, “It's an opportunity to give the wounded warriors an opportunity to partner with the community to do outdoor and recreational events to thank them for their service to the country.”

And even though the city only had a few months to get ready for the event, they jumped at the opportunity.

The City of Bainbridge Special Events Coordinator Assistant Rachel Trolinger said, “It was basically turned over to us at the last minute.  And after we figured out what it was about, we were like, 'We'll take it.  We want to do this.'”

Trolinger said she learned from personal experience how therapeutic fishing can be for veterans.

Trolinger said, “My brother is a war veteran.  He went to Marine Corps right out of high school.  And really no time after that, he went to war.”

She said fishing has helped her brother deal with memories from his service and she hopes this event will have the same impact on others.

Vaughan added, “They'll get a fishing rod, reel, and a tackle bag. That should definitely put a smile on their face.”

Volunteers and boat captains will be out on the Earle May Boat Basin Saturday morning at 7 a.m. to meet the 40 warriors.

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