Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation


This trip with you guys was a lot of fun. It was my pleasure to be included. Thank you all.

J. Notz, Volunteer

What can I say that will fully convey the experience? This wasn’t just a fishing trip in a beautiful location. The people and places I have experienced have passed through my exterior to reach my heart and soul. I didn’t even realize it until our last day on the water. We were on our way back to port and I called my family to tell them about the day we had. While I was trying to describe everything, it hit me. I got choked up and could hardly get the words out. To WWIA, thank you so much for providing this adventure. This one will be etched in my memory forever. My only wish is that it could happen more often. I can’t tell you how much it means to be around other wounded warriors; we seem to understand each other in a way that I have never had with others.

J. Arnold, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient

A once in a lifetime experience. First and foremost, I want to thank everyone that made this possible. I’d like to give a special thanks to Jason Gaudette and John Moline. Jason is the perfect person to guide this type of trip. Jason is a highly skilled and knowledgeable outdoorsman. He obviously has a wide array of experiences as an outdoorsman, and he sets a good example of how to conduct yourself when interacting in the outdoors. John Moline is the perfect Captain for a group of Wounded Vets, it is like he is one of us. He was an awesome Host and an all-around good dude. I can’t say enough about those two guys. I’m not much for talking about my combat experiences and being wounded. The other Warriors on the trip shared their stories and at times tears welled in our eyes. Hearing them talk about what they have experienced was inspiring. I wish I could write more about my feelings and experiences and the way their fellowship has affected me, but I have not had time to reflect on it all.

J. Clemons, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient

A lot of emotions, I can’t explain the gratitude of this life experience. Being around these Warriors renewed me and my outlook on life and energized me for the future. This drives me to get more involved with WWIA. Thanks for the experience. A huge thanks to the folks behind the scenes and all the folks that raised and donated money. I truly don’t have the words.

C. West, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient

What an amazing trip! From the hospitality of our Host, John to everyone at WWIA who made this trip possible. The goal of bringing like-minded people together was all that was needed. The fact that we also got to bring home many pounds of fish was the icing on the cake. Words are hard to come by to describe the experience. A thank you is not enough but thank you!

B. Coe, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient

Thank you for a sweet time. Your brother in arms, Tony the tiger.

T. LaBelle, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient

I don’t remember a trip like the catfishing trip I was invited to attend. All the Host were fantastic. I have real issues with balance. The Guides and Host did everything possible to get me in and out of the boats without incident. I was very lucky to catch two nice size catfish, one night’s catch was 37 ponds. This adventure was a special trip for me , made me feel very special. I’m so proud to have served my country. This total crew was icing on the cake for me. I will never forget this event and how it made me feel. Fish fry, lodging, fishing, and listening to everyone talk about hunting and fishing adventures.

J. Leathers, US Army, Vietnam
Purple Heart Recipient

For me, life has been defined by moments, fractions of time with no finite limits. From the moment that I was injured, those pieces of time have been dark. I have been resistant to take part in things like this trip. I cannot say if the resistance was fed by the thoughts of the past or the fear of the future. What I can state for sure is that I’ve had several life altering moments here on this trip. The WWIA and the volunteers that I’ve encountered on this trip have given me hope and a renewed sense of purpose. The fishing (which I must say was amazing) was such a minor part of the moments here. The sport was the catalyst, a common denominator and functional property of change. I’m forever grateful for these moments.

K. Faries, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient

First off, thank you and your organization for blessing me with the opportunity again to be surrounded by Purple Heart recipients as myself. The Host, Rocky Criss was amazing, and his friend and volunteer, John was awesome. The Guide Derek VanBuren was very professional and accommodating from speaking on the phone prior to the trip and first meeting on Friday afternoon. I really let everyday stressors of life go away this weekend. The fly fishing was relaxing, and the bass fishing was awesome. To sit around and reflect and bond with fellow veterans is priceless. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this first-class trip and outdoor experience.

P. Gerovac, USMC
Purple Heart Recipient

The best weekend in a long time. I couldn’t imagine a better weekend. Our Hosts, Rocky and Karen and Guide, Derek made this weekend a weekend to remember. It was awesome to hang out with fellow Purple Heart recipients and just chat, talk and bro out. They understand you. I learned so much in this weekend about fishing that I found a hobby that I would like to learn and expand on. Honestly, I feel like I am just mumbling because this weekend, this experience, our Hosts, I can’t ever put it into words. I truly appreciate everyone’s efforts who made this weekend happen. I appreciate WWIA for allowing me to participate and I hope I can do more for the organization in the future. Thanks again!
P.S. caught about 2 dozen fish (that’s more in one weekend than my previous 34 years combined)

S. Mackay, US Army
Purple Heart Recipient