On June 23, Marshall County Lodge #2707 took 20 veterans with PTSD on a fishing trip. Using a $2,000 Elks National Foundation Grant the lodge treated those veterans to a relaxing day of fishing on Kentucky Lake.
In a news story posted on WPSD Local 6, Marshal County Exalted Ruler Tobby Haines said, “Anybody that’s been away in the military you understand that when you come home and people care and show they respect you it’s what it’s all about.”
One of the veterans in attendance, Randy Henson, said that veterans face new enemies even after they leave the war. “A lot of times people can’t sleep and they have bad dreams. So when they get together with their buddies. You can talk about it and they’ve been through the same thing.” He also hoped that this event would inspire others like it. “In a place where we live where the support is great, it is a good feeling. And you can look out at other places and they don’t get much support. So maybe if someone sees this they can say hey maybe we should do something like that.”
The Marshall County Lodge is hoping to make this fishing trip an annual event.