BARTLETT (AP) – A charity based in the Chicago suburbs aims to honor and help American veterans by taking them on fishing trips.
Jay Garstecki is president of Bartlett-based Take a Vet Fishing. He is the brother and son of veterans and says he wanted to help veterans return to society after their service by taking them on free fishing trips.
The program started in 2011. Last year the program took 80 veterans on the trip and this June 130 veterans fished on 76 boats. They come from across the Midwest and served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq.