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Veteran Fishing

As 2021 draws to an end and you consider your year-end tax position, Take a Vet Fishing and Operation Outdoor Freedom – both 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations – ask that you consider making a tax-deductible donation in any amount to help support their critical, combined mission of healing the psychological wounds of our nation’s veterans. Beginning today and continuing through December 31, any individual making a tax-deductible donation to either organization through DONORVIEW will receive an entry to win a St.…

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Veteran with Daughter

Americans over the age of 25 or so recall exactly where they were and what they were doing when the first, loosely reported accounts of September 11, 2001 began circulating. As details firmed up and the horrifying images of the terror attack were broadcasted – along with the heroic actions of NYC and U.S. Military first responders – life and time both seemed to stop. As most Americans watched their television screens in disbelief from afar, thousands of others were…

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Military veteran holds large northern pike

To date, the nonprofit organization, Take A Vet Fishing (TAVF), has arranged and hosted over 2,000 U.S. military veterans outdoors for a day of fishing. Over 400 different fishing guides have donated their time, their boats, their expertise, and other resources to make our American heroes feel welcome while experiencing a peaceful, fun and healing time on the water. In 2021, TAVF is scheduled to take over 400 more veterans fishing, weather permitting. “Many caring volunteers give their time to…

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In many circumstances, it doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day or lift them out of a funk. A kind word, a joke, or even a simple smile go a long way. Rich Belanger knows this, and so do the thousands of people he’s crossed paths with during his 30-year career in the recreational fishing industry. A familiar fixture at trade shows, consumer shows, fishing tournaments, veterans outings and other fishing-related events across the nation, Belanger has earned widespread recognition…

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Soldier Jamey Caldwell

Not long after its reintroduction to the fishing industry, Lew’s has shown its heart for the men and women who provide the blanket of protection for the United States of America and its communities.  In 2013, Lew’s established the American Hero Series, a lineup of rods, reels and combos in which a portion of the proceeds is used to help veterans and first responders enjoy the sport of fishing. Today, Lew’s is proud to announce that former Special Operations Operator,…

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