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Northwoods Community Supports Local Veterans Submitted: 02/17/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


PHELPS - Sundays banquet brought out a lot of people for one reason, to show their support for war veterans.

"The people in Phelps have been so generous that they've decided that they would like to send four guys on a one hundred percent paid fishing trip in this area." said Wounded Warriors In Action Associate, Matt Tennessen.

Wounded Warriors In Action is a national public charity.

The idea started in Phelps last year when Robin Vold went on a fishing trip with one of the purple heart veterans.

"I was just so impressed by the wounded warriors. There were guys who had no knees. You know, just severe handy caps," said WWIA Coordinator, Robin Vold.

"And they stood in those float boats on that river just all day long and they kept fishing. They were just thankful that they were there."

But these fishing trips aren't just about reeling in the big ones.

"If you catch fish or shoot a dear or a turkey, it doesn't matter," said Purple Heart Veteran Scott Spurgeon.

"What matters is is that your there. You're there with other purple heart veterans and you can share some experiences or you can just hunt if you want."

Even though Charlie Rice is not a veteran himself, he has family members and friends who have served their country.

"I think there's probably not enough of these events to show the support of the wounded warriors," said Rice.

"Because a lot of these people's lives have been changed forever."

"I still have difficult times, we all have difficult times, but we're a band of brothers so we have each other. And that's the best part about it." Tennessen said.



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