‘Reel Thanx’ Kicks Off New Trip in Midland

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Wounded veterans from across the U.S. packed up their bait and rods and descended on Midland to go fishing.

'Reel Thanx', an organization honoring men and women in the Armed Forces kicked off a new trip on Friday.

Seven soldiers flew into the Tall City and headed for Academy Athletic Store, where they received fishing gear and a gift card.

Then, they headed for Lake Amistad in Del Rio, where they spend time out on the water.

The Director tells NewsWest 9, their goal is to help the heroes know how much they're appreciated.

"Everyone they've brought in, they've become family before they leave. A great bunch of guys and we appreciate the sacrifice they've made," Director Terry Brown of Reel Thanx, said.

"Eventually when I get out of the service, I'd like to give back to this organization. I think it's important for troops to come through. It's healing, you know?" Shannon, an Infantry Staff Sergeant from Michigan told NewsWest 9.

Shannon also tells NewsWest 9, he's so grateful for the support from West Texans, he's hoping to relocate here.

Reel Thanx hosts a fishing trip about every three months.

They're hoping to get other bass clubs and organizations on board and eventually spread their mission across the Country.