Eighth-grade students at West Shore Middle School in Milford are hosting a dinner to raise money for Veteran Angler Charters on Wednesday, May 18, in their school cafeteria.
Veteran Angler Charters is a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based right next door in West Haven that offers free charter fishing trips to active duty, retired, wounded and recovering veterans and their families as a form of recreational rehabilitation and therapeutic support. Quite simply, says founder Captain Kathy Granfield, it’s all about “Fishin’ with a mission.”
Granfield first got the idea to take veterans out fishing in the spring of 2007. “Though I had participated in many work-related fundraisers to support our troops, I wanted to do something on a more personal level to thank our veterans for their service,” says Granfield. “A conversation with my father, an Army vet, led me to wonder if taking service members out fishing might provide a well-deserved physical and psychological respite.”