Wounded Warrior Project fishing tournament took place in Gautier

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The Wounded Warrior Project celebrated our brave veterans with a three-day event in Gautier, ending with a bass fishing tournament.

Honoring wounded soldiers who fought along side each other caught a lot of attention and bonded these men once again.

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Dozens of military families, veterans and community members came to Gautier this past Saturday in support of the Wounded Warrior Project’s Bass Fishing Tournament. This is the first year this tournament has come to the Gulf Coast. Wounded Warrior Project’s Eric Bowers organized this event to show support for those who serve. “Wounded Warriors is a program that started back in 2001. So, it focuses on service members that have served between 2001 into present and all branches it doesn’t matter if you’re Air Force, Marines, Navy.”

Not only has the Wounded Warrior Project given veterans a way to transition back to civilian life, but it gives them a community to be a part of. Veteran Brent Homan said, “The Wounded Warrior Project, they did so much for soldiers from mental disorders to physical injuries to rehabbing to marriage counseling. Soldiers wouldn’t have a lot of avenues to get back into the civilian life and WWP provides that avenue.”

Brent Homan was a Bradley commander in the U.S. Army and is now a professional fisherman and proud stay at home dad. Homan was awarded a Purple Heart for his injuries in combat in 2007 and displays his award proudly on his competitive fishing boat.

Homan says he found confidence and understanding within himself through the Wounded Warrior Project. “Without friends like Eric and prior soldiers and battle buddies, people that you’ve spent hours of the day protecting, they are there for you. This kind of event brings those kinds of people together and the comradery that normal people that didn’t serve in the military, they don’t understand that.”