BARTLETT, Ill. (AP) -- A charity based in the Chicago suburbs aims to honor and help American veterans by taking them on fishing trips.
Jay Garstecki is president of Bartlett-based Take a Vet Fishing. He is the brother and son of veterans and says he wanted to help veterans return to society after their service by taking them on free fishing trips.
The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1tQ1o5Y ) the program started in 2011. The first fishing trip was in 2012, taking 27 veterans to Lake Waubesa in Madison, Wisconsin. Last year the program took 80 veterans on the trip and this June the trip expanded to 130 veterans who fished on 76 boats.
The veterans come from across the Midwest and served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com