Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation

60 Lake Erie French

Bill, Larry, Mark, Dave and all the volunteers have put on another extraordinary event. The camaraderie, fishing, food, and atmosphere were once again, top notch. The Ashtabula community and all the volunteers were so incredibly kind and generous. This event has become personal for me as many of its Hosts and volunteers have become very good friends. Every time I am fortunate enough to be chosen for this event, it feels like a homecoming of family and friends. The Warriors were incredible making the presence of military brothers and sisters that much more relaxing and enjoyable. My wife and kids were camping nearby, a place my wife spent her summers as a child. Being a Guide/Associate with WWIA for many years now, she only saw the calls and the paperwork side of the events being done. She requested to stop by on Thursday morning with my two sons (8 and 10 years) to help set up tables and chairs, make beds and help with whatever needed doing. The Hosts were incredibly kind in welcoming them with open arms. It was also special to me to see my family meet and spend time with the Warriors and witness firsthand the affect WWIA has on all of the Warriors and volunteers. Every year Larry and Mark pledge that the next year “will be better”. I chuckle inside wondering how it can get much better and where can they find room for improvement. They always do find a way though. The addition of the fire truck hanging a massive flag at the American Legion on Friday and the smoked meats lunch on Sunday was mind blowing. The fishing, Warriors, Hosts, boat captains, and their families went above and beyond anyone’s expectations. These men and women have this event dialed in! I can’t express enough how thankful I am to be a part of this organization and to be introduced to such incredible people. I can’t say thank you enough. All my best.

J. French, US Army
WWIA Guide
Purple Heart Recipient