Captain Jon Fetter of Catching the Cure fishing charters connected with Freedom Alliance during this summer’s Grouper Grapple tournament in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida. We were there for the tournament with a great group of servicemen and some of their family members.
Jon invited some of our gang on his boat during that event, and he later offered to host a series of fishing charters for wounded veterans with Freedom Alliance. The first one was in September, a father-daughter excursion on Estero Bay.
Last month, Jon hosted two more trips.
The first included our Air Force buddy Darius, who served four combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is medically retired after 14 years of service.
Darius lives in Tampa, near the Air Force’s Special Operations Command, and many of his friends are stationed there. He invited one such friend, Lee, along for the back bay fishing in Fort Meyers Beach.
Freedom Alliance put Darius and Lee up at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, which is across the street from Fish Tale Marina, where they boarded the boat with Jon early the next morning.
The following charter was the very next week. We treated Cory and Danielle to a romantic getaway. In addition to the day of fishing, this couple enjoyed two nights at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and a $300 gift card to use for their mini-vacation.
Tunaskin Aquatic Apparel donated two performance hoodies, which were much-needed on the boat, especially for that cool fall morning.
Both husband and wife are veterans: Cory is a combat-injured Marine and Dani served in the Army. (Freedom Alliance was able to provide a house for the couple, courtesy of U.S. Bank, through our Heroes to Homeowners program.)
Big thanks to Jon Fetter; what a wonderful way to support and honor military veterans. Catching the Cure hopes to donate more Freedom Alliance fishing trips in the year to come.