Wounded Heroes Family Fishing Days - 2015

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Dates: 18 Apr, 16 May, 13 Jun, 11 Jul, 16 Aug, 13 Sep, 11 Oct 2015

Objective: To create a stress free, family friendly healing environment that allows our Wounded Heroes to regain their confidence through connecting with nature. Everyone involved is able to be themselves, laugh, listen and relax while having fun!

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: The event will begin at the Pavilions near Ft Belvoir Outdoor Recreation Facility (mapand launching event as close to 9:00 a.m. as possible and concluding by 4:00 p.m. Volunteers and Volunteer Boaters are requested to be at the quay wall south of the Outdoor Recreation Facility on the point closest to the Fishing Pier and ready to pick up your Wounded Heroes (Co-Anglers) by 8:45 a.m. 

Driving directions to Ft Belvoir. Please note if you don’t have a Department of Defense identification a valid drivers license will get you in the Tulley Gate from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m BUT you must allow time to obtain a base pass. No identification is required to pull your boat up to the Ft Belvoir Marina but you can't disembark without an escort.

Event: This is a day to have fun fishing (any species will do!) while remembering the safety and well-being of our Wounded Heroes and their families must be given highest priority.

Pairing of Volunteer Boaters and Co-Anglers will be determined the morning of the event and is dependent on the number of Wounded Heroes and Volunteer Boaters arriving at Outdoor Recreation Facility (map).  If there are more Co-Anglers than there are volunteer boaters we will either have two Co-Anglers per boat or fish a rotation methodology. The rotation methodology will be half day fishing from boats and half day fishing from the shore. Boats are requested to fish the entire day 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. if possible.

What is provided?:

  • All Fishing Equipment for our Wounded Heroes
    • We typically have enough for family members also
  • Lunch for our Wounded Heroes
    • 25 lunches donated - Wounded Heroes get lunches first
  • Shore and Boat Volunteers to show you the ropes of fishing the Potomac River

What should the Warrior and Family Members Bring?: 

  • A Camera - The Potomac is very scenic and historic. From George Washington's home at Mount Vernon, the monuments in DC, the Pentagon, and Reagan National Airport, Fort Washington, to the picturesque natural beauty along the 60 miles of river that we fish. Expect to see bald eagles and historical landmarks up and down the river. We can take a picture of your fish, and post it on our web site. 
  • Sun Block - The sun can be intense on the water. Be sure to use the appropriate SPF for your skin tone 
  • Polarized Sunglasses - Eyewear protects from the sun and from the wind
  • Attire - It's is always a good idea to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing. Call for weather conditions. A hat is a must…glare and warmth.

What should the Volunteer Boater bring?:

  • The obvious – Fishing Boat with Trolling motor
  • Working live well if Co-Angler wants to weigh catch
  • Extra fishing equipment and tackle (Each Co-Angler will be given a pole with some tackle. This is an opportunity for you to show your Co-Angler(s) what works)
  • Cooler (for Co-Angler(s) lunch)
  • Extra drinking water
  • Working cell phone
  • Camera to capture those special moments (not all Co-Anglers will want their picture taken so please ask first)

Rules:

  • Ensure everyone Wounded Heroes, Family Members and Volunteers have Fun! 
  • No drinking of alcoholic beverages or use of illegal drugs is permitted before or during event hours. 
  • If needed, use typical tournament rules as guidelines. 
  • Wounded Heroes have a right to privacy about their medical information. Don’t ask what their disabilities are; if they want to tell you, listen. Sometimes it is very apparent, but most often you just have to be sensitive, flexible and adapt to their needs and limitations. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

·     Are there any activities planned, other than fishing?  I am planning on bringing family members.
The Ft. Belvoir MWR site (
http://belvoirmwr.com/) lists all of the activities on Ft. Belvoir, as well as a useful map link for addresses and directions.

·     What ID is needed to get on the base, and for veterans
At the Tulley Gate you only need a Driver's License (100% ID check).  At all other gates, one of the occupants of the vehicle need to have a DoD ID.

·     What gate should we use at Ft. Belvoir to get on base?
Tulley Gate is normally the best choice. 

·     Will there be seating available at or near the pier/dock?
There is limited seating on the piers and there are picnic areas along the shore.  No seating on the shoreline.  We will have a few collapsible seats.

·     Will this be catch and release or can they keep the fish they catch?
Catch and Release.  It is not advisable to eat the fish out of the Potomac

·     Will this event take place rain or shine?
Yes

·     Will there be food?
Yes, water and snacks, as well as a lunch (provided by Corporate Chefs).