There are a few things my husband and I both feel very strongly about. We are both Air Force veterans; I served 8 years on active duty and deployed several times to “the desert”. Todd’s last deployment was to a base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and his squadron lived in Khobar Towers. June 25, 1996 a truck, full of fertilizer and kerosene, exploded parked in front of Khobar. Blowing-up three quarters of the dormitory housing many of the 58th Fighter Squadron from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. My husband was sitting on a couch in his room when the aftershock ripped through the building. He received a Purple Heart. My last deployment started March 2003, 2 weeks before we invaded Iraq, I was a command and control journeyman assigned to the CAOC/JSRC as the Search and Rescue Coordinator.
Three years ago Todd found a local fishing tournament , Reel American Heroes Foundation, that takes wounded vets from Walter Reed fishing. Every August he donates his boat and takes a wounded warrior fishing for the day.
RAHF gives all the warriors tons of gear. The list of supports over the past four years has grow, in 2014 it wasn't just sponsors donating gear the President & CEO of Lew's Fishing personally handed out fishing rods.
Fishing Pros Tim Horton , Shaw Grisgsby , and Paul Elias came out to support the 2014 tournament and take a few lucky warriors fishing. I was a little star struck when I pulled up to the hotel to find my husband having a beer and talking shop with Paul Elias. Yes, I watch the fishing shows with my husband because at one time, before kids, we used to fish tournaments together. Paul asked me to take some prom photos of his new engine but things didn't work out and we missed each other the next morning.
The Best Western Aquia/Quantico Inn give the out of town anglers a really good deal on rooms. They have an amazing breakfast, and I say that as a mom that brought 3 kids and a mother in law.