The Reel American Heroes Foundation Provides "One Armed Fishing Systems" To Our Nation's Wounded Heroes
(L-R: Dave Fletcher, RAHF Tournament Director, Patrick Hanley, wounded Soldier and Nelson Martinez, Director of Logistics)
The Reel American Heroes Foundation is making a big difference in the lives of our Nation's wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Disabled Veterans. In the spring of 2013 our Executive Director was contacted by Edward Hanley of Reston, Virginia to ask for assistance from the Reel American Heroes Foundation. His request was for our foundation to help him get his son Patrick Hanley back on the water fishing. This was no easy task as his son lost an arm during his combat mission in Iraq.
Prior to contacting our foundation, Edward Hanley contacted larger military nonprofit foundations to ask for help only to be turned down. We knew at that moment, we had a responsibilty to help honor Edward Hanley's request. Our foundation researched how to make this request a reality and moved forward with the assistance of Fishing Abilities Incorporated and Lews Fishing Tackle to put together a "One Armed Fishing System" solution for Patrick Hanley.
(L-R: Ronald R. DeFreitas, Corporal Ronny Porta, Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos, First Lady of the Marine Corps Bonnie Amos and Colonel Willard A. Buhl, Commander of the Quantico Wounded Warrior Regiment)
After word got out about the "One Armed Fishing System" our Executive Director was contacted by Quantico MCB and he was asked to attend a special ceremony honoring Ronny Porta, a wounded Marine for the sacrifices he made while defending our freedom.
The Reel American Heres Foundation heard a lot about Ronny and the injuries he sustained and immediately accepted the invitation. This cremeony was held at the officers club at Quantico MCB and General James F. Amos was in attendance at this ceremony. It was a true honor for members of the Reel American Heroes Foundation to attend this event and provide Ronny Porta with one of the "One Armed Fishing Systems" so he could get back out on the water for some recreational therapy.
The Reel American Heroes Foundation is a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that provides recreational therapy for Wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Disabled Veterans and Active Duty Servicemen and women.
The Reel American Heroes Foundation is a one 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, therefore we do not get paid for the hard work and dedication, providing recreational therapy to our wounded heroes. We consider it an honor and a privilege to provide this much needed recreational therapy to Wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Disabled Veterans, Active Duty Servicemen and women and their families.
Sponsor a Wounded Hero
The Reel American Heroes Foundation is proud to announce our new "Sponsor a Wounded Hero" program.
The brave men and women of our Armerd Services hae sacrificed so much to protect our freedom and now it is time for us to properly thank them for those sacrifices.
If you ever wanted to help one of America's Heroes but did not know how, this is a perfect opportunity for you. For only $10 a month you can provide one of our nation's wounded heroes with all of the fishing equipment needed to participate in one or more of our Reel American Heroes Fishing Tournaments. To learn more about this program, click on the "Sponsor a Wounded Hero" link in the menu bar.
Timmy Horton Outdoors Produces A Show About The Reel American Heroes Foundation
Elite Series Professional Bass Angler Timmy Horton and Mike Johnson of Whippoorwill Productions accepted our invitation to attend our Third Annual Reel American Heroes Fishing Tournament on August 17, 2013 in Stafford, Virginia at Hope Springs Marina on the Potomac River. This event made a big impact on both Timmy Horton and Mike Johson. After participating in the event they decided to dedicate one episode on Timmy Horton Outdoors to our wounded heroes. You can watch this episode on both the Pursuit channel and the World Fishing Network (WFN).
Pursuit Channel: Monday March 10, 2014 at 12:30 PM & Friday March 14, 2014 at noon.
WFN: Saturday March 15, 2014 at 12:30 PM and 9:00 PM, Monday March 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM & Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 2:30 AM.
Elite Series Professional Bass Angler Paul Elias Donates A fishing Trip Of A Lifetime To A Wounded Marine
When John Dussalt, a wounded Marine choose a framed Paul Elias tournament jersey as a prize at our Third Annual Reel American Heroes Fishing Tournament he had no idea what was about to happen. We had John open an envelope that was attached to a the frame and read it out loud to everyone at the event.
Inside the evelope was a hand written letter from Paul Elias inviting him to his home to fish with him. What made this even more special was Timmy Horton called Paul Elias so Paul could say a few words to John Dussalt.
Reel American Heroes Foundation
4196 Merchant Plaza #133
Woodbridge, VA 22192
A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Foundation