Most of us would take the opportunity to go fishing on Lake Erie for granted, especially if we had a friend with a boat or cottage with a waterfront break wall. However, consider your predicament if you were confined to a wheelchair or had recently lost a limb due to a combat injury. The effort to arrange a fishing trip to Lake Erie might take on overwhelming challenges.
This thought led Richard Ellis, Commander of Port Clinton's downtown VFW Post 2480, to create a new project to assist wounded combat veterans in enjoying a day of fishing on Lake Erie. Ellis has invited Veterans of Foreign Wars posts from throughout Ohio, as well as North Coast residents, to join him to sponsor a wounded vet for a fishing trip to the Walleye Capital of the World on Fishing Day for Wounded Warriors, Saturday, September 21.
“The main object of the project,” Ellis states, “is to bring a wounded warrior to Port Clinton with all expenses paid, especially if it involves an over night stay.” He is inspiring other Ohio VFW Posts to secure transportation and lodging, while his quest locally is to find volunteer captains with boats and complimentary lodging at local establishments.
A fish fry dinner will be served to the veterans attending. Possibly the best part of the trip is that arrangements have been made so that the wounded warriors will be able to take their catches of perch and walleye home to enjoy.
If you are interested in donating or assisting in this project, contact Commander Richard Ellis, VFW Post 2480, Port Clinton, at 419-734-1360.
In addition, you can donate your aluminum pop, food and pet food cans to the Post for recycling. All proceeds will be used for the Fishing Day for Wounded Warriors.