Fishing with Heroes
Honoring Combat – Injured Veterans is our Passion
Melvin ‘Mel’ Kramer, pictured here, passed away Oct. 2017. Mel twice had taken part in the Fishing With Heroes weekend and will be well remembered by all. Loyal, kind and funny are the best adjectives to describe him. He kept everyone in stitches laughing at his stories. He once ‘threatened’ to get out of his wheelchair and throw a fellow 1/3 his age overboard for taking a fish out of turn ahead of him. We miss you Mel.
Fishing With Heroes is no longer running the full weekend events. The planning and work had gotten to be more than we could handle. However, we will continue to operate the no-cost-to-you smaller 2-4-man groups with meals and overnight lodging included until we exhaust the finances for the program. If you are a U.S. combat-injured Vet, a WW II, or Korean War Vet you qualify for the program. (VA documented combat PTSD also qualifies.) We will make your caregiver part of your trip if one is needed.
Fishing With Heroes— fishing and so much more!
Since 2010, Cast Away Charters has enlisted the help of numerous volunteers and donors to provide this all-expense paid weekend for injured soldiers as a way to provide an enjoyable experience, mixing fishing with fellowship, in recognition of their service to their country.
For a well written, detailed account of the weekend’s activities and a list of the sponsors and volunteers, click on the links below. These accounts were written by outdoor writer Dave Barus (pen name Forrest Fisher) who also served as a volunteer during these events.
Fishing with Heroes 2010 article
Fishing with Heroes 2011 article
Fishing with Heroes 2012 article
Fishing with Heroes 2013 article
Fishing with Heroes 2014 article
We Could Really Use Your Help!
Providing these trips is a time-consuming task! And, of course, money is needed to fund these activities! Here are some ways YOU can help us help them!
- Donate fish! Anyone who books a charter this season can choose to donate one or more of their catch to be included in the Fishing with Heroes fish fry. We will clean, bag, and store any donations to be used for this event at no charge. Feeding 16 or more hungry soldiers can be a challenge—so thanks for your help!
- Buy a raffle ticket! Fishing With Heroes is selling a limited number of raffle tickets for one charter for up to 4 people. This is a 6 hour trip. The winning number will be based on the PA Daily number and will be drawn on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014. Call or email Captain Fred for more details, if interested.
- Purchase a “Hero” charter! Book a charter for you and a companion and agree to share your charter with 2 pre-arranged qualified veterans of our choosing. Your 6 hour trip will automatically be upgraded to a full day trip at no additional cost. (Limited Availability)
- Cash donations are always needed and welcome! No donation, great or small, is refused. Our veterans thank you for your sponsorship.
For a copy of either a Fishing With Heroes or a Cast Away Charters brochure, please contact us by email or phone and we will mail you a copy without delay.