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Fishin’ with the vets

Nobody knows what it is really like to be a veteran of military service except a veteran. That is amplified for those who served in actual combat areas. Either way, military service to our country should be honored at the highest level. Unfortunately, often, it is not.

That’s why a fishing tournament coming up on Lake D’Arbonne is more than just a fishing tournament.

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 7.25.48 AMOn the weekend of March 24-26 Hunters for Heroes will have 25 veterans at the Lake D’Arbonne State Park for a weekend outing here. On Saturday, there will be a crappie tournament on the lake with all the visiting vets having a fishing guide and partner.

There are some changes in the event this year. It had been held in conjunction with the local Chamber’s King of Kings tournament, but that portion has been cancelled. The tournament is now just a veteran’s event, but — and this is important — it is open to the public. The only requirement is that one veteran and one non-veteran compete in each boat. That means any veteran is eligible, even if they are not one of the visitors. You can fish any way you like. Entry fee is $40 per boat with 100% payback. If you register by Wednesday the 22nd, you will also be invited to a fish fry Saturday evening.

If you have questions, you can message HFH or get information from their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/louisianahuntersforheroes/

As I said, it’s all about the vets. And the guys that put this and other similar events on are a super group that do outstanding work. I salute their efforts! Thank you for serving those who served!

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