Steve and Jamie Lloyd are the founders of Naples Take a Soldier Fishing event which just wrapped up it’s eleventh year, and what it does for the brave men and women in our military is super awesome.
Over 150 soldiers got together in Florida for three days of music, golf, and fishing, where the ultimate goal is to make these folks feel like rock stars. Now that’s something we can all get behind.
“We like to keep it around 140, just for logistics and coordinating with the boats. Any bigger and it could take away from what the soldiers are able to do while they’re here,” Jamie said.Advertisement - story continues below
While they’re in Naples, Jamie said the soldiers are treated to free hotel stays, a Thursday night dinner, free golf on Friday and then a fishing tournament all Saturday morning – along with breakfast, lunch and dinner all donated from restaurants in the area.
“We want them to feel like rock stars,” Jamie said. “Because in the eyes of people that don’t understand what they do, they really are rock stars.Trending:
“Look at where we live, we live in paradise. Look at what they do,” she added.
“We thought, ‘Why Tampa? We have the best fishing in Naples. We should be bringing soldiers here,’” Jamie said.Advertisement - story continues below
Thus started the Naples Take a Soldier Fishing venture, which focuses on mainly active-duty military — though retired and wounded veterans are still allowed to participate.
“When we first started, it was just a day thing. A barbecue and some fishing,” Jamie said. “We only had 35 soldiers.”
“And then each year we just did a little bit more, and it got a little bigger,” she continued. “It spread just kind of like wildfire. People heard about it and wanted to help out.”
This is the kind of thing we need more of in America today, as our soldiers are often neglected and sometimes forgotten in the shuffle of modern day politics.
These individuals, the ones willing to lay down their lives for our freedom, are a special breed who deserve to be honored and supported at every step in their journey.
Be sure to thank a veteran today.
Source: Fox News