When Brandon, a US Army Captain, accepted a spot on a Mission Outdoors boat at the 2017 Washington Tuna Classic, he didn’t think he was in for anything more than a fun time and a fishing tournament.
But he got so much more. Here’s the note he wrote to the Mission Outdoors team after the event:
Jan 25-Feb 2, 2019
Come visit us at the Concourse Booth #2218!
Don’t forget to stop by our booth to learn how YOU can support our Combat Veterans through outdoor experiences and getting our local heroes out on the water! Swing by to enter one of our raffles and pick up your own Mission Outdoors gear!
Shane was only a sophomore in high school on September 11th, 2001, but as soon as he saw the twin towers fall, he knew exactly what he would be doing after graduation.
"I’m sitting there with tears coming out of my eyes. I’m just walking back and forth saying, ‘They can’t do this to us. They can’t do this to us. I’m going. I have to go before they do any more.’ My mind was set. Nobody could talk me out of it.”
Shane enlisted in the Army immediately after graduating from high school in 2004. He was deployed to Iraq in 2005.
Our combat veterans made unthinkable sacrifices for the simple freedoms we enjoy every day. Now, it’s their turn to enjoy those freedoms. Through hunting, fishing, and surrounding veterans with people who care, we’re fighting for something too many of our American Heroes haven’t felt in a long time… Hope.