Several Soldiers from the
Warrior Transition Battalion participated in a fishing tournament June 26 to 29
in Sargent, Texas.
The eighth annual Sargent
Tournament of Heroes event was hosted by the non-profit corporation, Patriot and
Heroes Outdoor Adventures.
Once a year the fishing
community of Sargent, Texas, invites wounded warriors to fish and enjoy a
weekend dedicated to the heroes of America’s armed forces.
“It was a great time for us
to link up with other warriors and hear their similar stories and concerns,” said
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Timothy Sifuentes, WTB. “The trip was relaxing; we had
no worries and just got on the boat and enjoyed the water.”
Approximately 80 wounded
warriors from several military installations participated in the event.
Patriot and Heroes Outdoor Adventures
is an organization dedicated to taking wounded warriors on hunting and fishing
trips, as well as other outings. This not only provides a fun trip, but also
assists in the healing process through the great outdoors, as well as creates a
peer group for mutual assistance, according to the organization’s official website.
A local Sargent, Texas,
couple hosted the Soldiers during the trip. Sifuentes said he was very grateful
for their hospitality and generosity.
“I’d like to give special thanks
to Mike and Debbie ‘Mama’ Cole,” he said. “Our experience with them was nothing
short of outstanding.”
Prizes were awarded in the form
of trophies for a variety of categories during the tournament.
Staff Sgt. Todd Mattila, WTB,
was awarded the trophy for the largest Speckle Trout weighing nearly five
“Our boat caught more than
one hundred fish that day. Only about 45 fish were keepers. It was a great day
of fishing and relaxation in Sargent Texas,” Sifuentes said.
Sea trout and Red Snapper were
among other catches worth keeping during the fishing trip.
“It was great to see the thoughtfulness
that was put into this event,” Sifuentes said. “There aren’t words to describe the
thanks we’d like to give to this thoughtful group of caring people.”
For more information about Patriot and Heroes Outdoor
Adventures, visit www.patriotsandheroesoutdoors.com.