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Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge Hosts Disabled Veterans Fishing Program

Region 5, June 15, 2013
Lou Ordini, a former Marine, didn't mind sharing his military  experiences with volunteers.
Lou Ordini, a former Marine, didn't mind sharing his military experiences with volunteers. - Photo Credit: n/a
Check this one out.
Check this one out. - Photo Credit: n/a
James Buckley served in both Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
James Buckley served in both Desert Storm and Desert Shield. - Photo Credit: n/a
Ted Flaxman is a Special Forces veteran.
Ted Flaxman is a Special Forces veteran. - Photo Credit: n/a
Ray Lufkins, Double V volunteer, did an amazing job, preparing, cooking and serving the food.
Ray Lufkins, Double V volunteer, did an amazing job, preparing, cooking and serving the food. - Photo Credit: n/a
How's this for a tatoo?
How's this for a tatoo? - Photo Credit: n/a

Wallkill River NWR hosted its second annual disabled veterans fishing and BBQ event. Fifteen veterans were treated to a full day of fishing and a delicious BBQ provided by our co-sponsors, the Double V Rod and Gun Club of Vernon, NJ.
The event was held on refuge property that is normally closed to the public. Each year on the second weekend in June the refuge offers two fishing events in conjunction with the free fishing weekend provided by the State of NJ. This large pond typically provides great opportunities for fishing enthusiasts. Many different species of fish were caught, such as largemouth bass, white and yellow perch, catfish, pickerel, crappy, carp and sunfish. All the veterans thoroughly enjoyed the fishing and the serenity that this scenic backdrop provides.
JP, a team leader from the organization Wheelers for the Wounded NJ, helped with the event and told  veterans about  future programs sponsored by this non-profit group.
A women named Barbara came with her therapy dog and spent time talking with each veteran while Ally, a gentle and quiet black lab, worked her soothing magic.
Volunteers from Double V cooked a bountiful BBQ of chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and other treats: just like a good old summertime gathering.
Participants were very thankful for the special outing while the staff and volunteers considered it a privilege to honor those who have given so much for our country and our freedom.

Contact Info: Fran Stephenson, 973-702-7266 x 10, fran_stephenson@fws.gov