“Veteran Angler Charters” helps heroes heal through fishing

(WTNH)–Kathy Granfield has been on the water most of her life.

“I have always felt that when I feel at my worst, coming out on the water helps,” she said.

So if it works for her, why not try and do the same for others?

Back in 2007, a news story about veterans taking their own lives when they return home from combat had a great impact on Kathy.

Eight years later, Veteran Angler Charters has been “Fishin’ with a Mission.”

“We take anybody, I don’t care what conflict you served in, what branch of the service you come from, if you put on a uniform for the country, you are welcome, and we’ll take you fishing if you want to go,” she said.

Veterans like Mike, who was in the navy for four years and served during the Persian Gulf War, certainly see the benefits of it.

“She’s so nice, we catch fish, and it dopesn’t cost any money,” he said. “And it’s just so beautiful out here.”

Granfield, a school teacher, uses her family’s boat, “The Black Mariah” for fishing trips.

She usually takes out four or five veterans on each charter.

Taking a group fishing is expensive, so Granfield relies on donations, corporate sponsorship and fundraising events to help cover costs.

Check out the video above.

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