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Veterans go fishing at annual Walleye for Warriors

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LINWOOD, MI (WNEM) -

You can bet some local veterans have some fish tales to tell.

They launched at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 17 for the 8th annual Walleyes for Warriors Fishing event.

Nice fish, nice day, and it’s for an even nicer cause.

“This is our way of saying welcome home and thank you,” said George Lynch, the President of Walleyes for Warriors.

Organizers like George Lynch and dozens of volunteers give veterans a free day of fishing on the Saginaw Bay, launching off from Linwood.

It’s an experience that’s both fun and therapeutic.

Service men and women are partnered up with boat Captains, so no prior experience is needed.

“The boat Captain was the best guy I’ve ever hung out with in my life, he was more than helpful,” said CJ Heim, a national guardsman. “By the end of the boat trip I was actually doing everything by myself so it was really enjoyable.”

This is Heim’s first time at Walleyes for Warriors.

He’s walking away with not only a few fish stories but also a mutual feeling of appreciation for the community.

“It’s just simply incredible veterans have gotten a lot in the last 30 years or so but something like this just speaks volumes and I can’t say enough thanks to the people involved in this organizations hopefully it goes on for a long time,” Heim said.

Lynch said no thanks needed

Seeing hundreds of veterans catch thousands of fish and enjoy their day makes the hard work well worth it.

“So much of these days that I’ve spent involved with this association these veterans always want to tell me thank you and it’s not about you thanking me is about us thanking you,” Lynch said.

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