The Reel American Heroes Foundation Provides A One Armed Fishing System To Patrick Hanley, One Of Our Nation's Wounded Soldiers
(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 Warriors. Founder and Executive Director Ronald R. DeFreitas was contacted by Edward Hanley and asked if he could help his son Patrick a wounded Soldier that was severely wounded while on deployment in Iraq. Edward stated that he had asked other nonprofit oranizations if they could help get his son Patrick out on the water to fish so he could receive the benefits of the recreational therapy that fishing provides and was told that they would help Patrick.
The Reel American Heroes Foundation immediately told Edward that they would help and asked him for a little time to develope a solution for Patrick. Mr. DeFreitas contacted Lews Fishing Tackle and Fishing Abilities Incorporated and worked with the two companies to modify and enhance the current equipment designs for our wounded servicemen and women. After a few weeks passed Mr. DeFreitas contacted Edward Hanley and arranged to deliver one of two prototype "One Armed Fishing Systems" to his son Patrick.
Dave Fletcher, Nelson Martinez and Ronald R. DeFreitas deleivered the "One Armed Fishing System" to Patrick and showed hm how to use it. Patrick was also invited to participate in the Third Annual Reel American Heroes Fishing Tournament where he would be able to fish with his new system with a local bass angler.
Patrick had a great time fishing with the "One Armed Fishing System" and provided feedback for future enhancements to imrove the system and easier to use for other wounded warriors.
The Reel American Heroes Foundation is currently working with Fishing Abilities Incorporated to implement these changes before the system goes into full scale production at the end of 2013.
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 hundred percent volunteer organization, therefore we do not get paid for the hard work and dedication to providing recreational therapy to our wounded heroes. We consider it an honor to provide this much needed recreational therapy to Wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Disabled Veterans, Active Duty Servicemen and Servicewomen and their families.
The Reel American Heroes Foundation Provides A One Armed Fishing Systems To Ronny Porta, One Of Our Nation's Wounded Marines
(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)
The Reel American Heroes Foundation is making a big difference in the lives of our Nation's Wounded Warriors. Founder and Executive Director Ronald R. DeFreitas was invited to attend a special military ceremony on October 3,2013 at the Officers Club at Quantico Marine Corps Base to honor Corporal Ronny Porta, a wounded Marine, for the sacrifices he has made defending our freedom while serving in Iraq. Some of the military officers and distinguished individuals in attendance at this ceremony were Colonel Willard A. Buhl, Commander of the Wounded Warrior Regiment, First Lady of the Marine Corps, Mrs. Bonnie Amos and Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos.
Mr. DeFreitas was asked to attend this event because of his dedication and commitment to providing recreational therapy for our Nation's Wounded Warriors over the last three years. At this ceremony Mr. DeFreitas presented Corporal Ronny Porta with a "One Armed Fishing System" so Ronny could begin fishing again and enjoy the benefits of this recreational therapy. The Reel American Heroes Foundation has been working for the last 6 months with both Fishing Abilities Incorporated and Lew’s Fishing Tackle to modify existing designs and adapt them for use by our Wounded Warriors. Ronny Porta received one of two prototypes currently available for him to use, evaluate and to make recommendations on how we should improve this system so other Wounded Warriors will have an opportunity to benefit from this “One Armed Fishing System”.
Colonel Willard A. Buhl, General James F. Amos and First Lady Bonnie Amos were excited to hear about the recreational therapy the Reel American Heroes Foundation has been providing to our Wounded Warriors over the last three years and to see the new technology that is being introduced for use by our wounded warriors. Mr. DeFreitas is looking forward to bringing this fishing technology to production in the next few months and he hopes to make it available to any of our Wounded Warriors that can benefit from using the “One Armed Fishing System”.
Reel American Heroes Foundation
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