LEE COUNTY, Fla. - After months of bring stuck on land, a group dedicated to taking veterans fishing is back out on the water.
In December, WINK News told you someone stole a GPS unit from the Wounded Warrior Angler's boat. Even though they ended up not needing donations, they're grateful for the outpouring of community support.
The device signals the start of new fishing trips for David and Judy Souders and their Wounded Warrior Anglers. Late last year, someone ripped out the previous GPS fish-finder device and left them on dry land.
It was after our WINK News story aired in December, "We had people that started calling us and offering their assistance," said Judy.
In the end, the insurance paid for it. "We were able to call our perspective donors back and say 'thank you so much, God bless you for what you're wanting to do, we have it taken care of'," said Judy.
They're grateful to everyone who offered to help them get back in the water, including Miceli's Restaurant which donated $500 after the theft, and wouldn't take it back.
The crook has still not been caught, but this couple says they're focused on moving forward. They're getting ready to raffle a new boat in May to raise money for wounded veterans in a fishing tournament.
"It's fantastic, it really is. It's a great organization. Being able to see everyone at the tournament, and the turnout and the enthusiasm, it's for a great cause!" said Ron Groeneveld, with Ft. Myers Marine.
"We've had four to five trips since the fish finder and GPS has been replaced. It's just good to have it back," said David Souders.
The donated money goes directly to the organization.
The 2nd Annual Boat Raffle is taking place at the Olde' Fish House Marina: 4530 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha, May 24th.
Boat raffle tickets are $20.00 or 6 for $100.00.
For more information, visit the Wounded Warrior Anglers website at http://www.woundedwarrioranglers.org/