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Combat Heroes Treated to Day of Bass Fishing

Vets join fishing pros for a Skills4Life event to remember sponsored by Smith Industries.

Combat Heroes Treated to Day of Bass Fishing

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TARBORO, N.C. -- Military Warriors Support Foundation program Skills4Life joined Chris Smith of Smith Industries on earlier this summer for the fifth year of the Smith Industries Bass Fishing event.

This year, nine combat-wounded heroes were paired with nine boat captains for a memorable experience. Bass Master Elite fisherman Ray Hanselman led the charge and contributed his time and experience for the heroes attending, making for a memorable and exciting trip. Ray Henselman's sponsors, AFTCO and Skeeter Boats, even got in the action with Skills4Life by providing shirts, hats and other goods to all the captains and heroes.

Awards were given each day to the heroes who caught the largest and second-largest fish out of Lake Amistad. In addition, a bottle of Devil's River Whisky signed by all of the attending heroes was given to the boat captain of the hero with the biggest fish.

The event provided the heroes an opportunity to enjoy nature, the company of fellow heroes and attendees, and the sport of fishing. Military Warriors looks forward to working with Chris Smith next year while bringing a new group of veterans to experience an amazing Skills4Life event.

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About Military Warriors Support Foundation

Military Warriors Support Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity founded by LTG Leroy Sisco (Ret) in 2007. Their mission is to provide support and programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition for our nation’s combat-wounded heroes and Gold Star families. Their programs focus on housing and homeownership, recreational activities, transportation assistance and leadership development. They have awarded nearly 900 mortgage-free homes and 100 payment-free vehicles to combat-wounded heroes, Gold Star spouses and their families in all 50 states. In addition to the home or vehicle, the families receive family and financial mentoring. For more information, visit:

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