By: Emily Johnson
October 31, 2013
Tallahassee,FL- It was an anything but ordinary Thursday morning for wounded veteran Rob Rogers. He was tricked by his wife Connie Rogers to take one of their casual trips to Bass Pro Shops. This trip however turned out to be more than Rogers was expecting.
When Rogers arrived he found out that he was being outfitted by Bass Pro Shops for an all expense paid fishing trip put on by Fishing for the Brave. "This is great. I really wasn't expecting it I can tell you that much. I wasn't expecting this at all, this is really nice," said Rogers.
Rogers was injured by an improvised explosive device or IED in 2004 in the Battle of Fallujah. He was in the process of rescuing a fellow soldier when he was blown of the roof and landed face first on the ground. Because of the accident Rogers now suffers from a brain tumor and has to wear a brace on his left leg to control the movement.
Rogers and his wife received World Wide Sportsman Tech Gear fishing shirts along with Johnny Morris rod & reals, Bass Pro Shops hats and a tackle box. "It's a high quality product that we have, We're very proud of our product and our brand name out there." said Jeff Swan, Bass Pro Shops General Manager
It was all to make Rogers' fishing trip with Fishing for the Brave even more relaxing. Fishing for the Brave was started by a local veteran who wanted to give back to veterans and to help make their transition out of the military as smooth as possible. "I figured I can't cure cancer, I can't build houses, I can take you fishing. I can help you relax for a little bit and get you back out in nature enjoying American," said John Swanson, Fishing for the Brave Founder.
Bass Pro Shops said they could see future partnerships with Fishing for the Brave and likes the idea of outfitting veterans with the essentials to have a successful day on the water.
From Bass Pro Shops the group headed down to St. Marks to begin Rogers' fishing excursion on a 21 foot Carolina Skiff donated for the day by Spears Seafood.