Take A Vet Fishing (TAVF) began in 2007 with just three events, seeking ways to engage and provide fellowship to veterans in Connecticut. The program has grown each year by filling an important need and by embracing the goodwill and caring spirit of Connecticut residents.
We’ve discovered that there are more ways to fill a Veteran’s heart with joy and peace than we ever imagined. We are surprised at every turn that what we set out to do has resonated with so many folks in so many communities and has tapped a wellspring of compassion for our veterans struggling with challenges like blindness, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, alcohol & substance abuse, homelessness, and physical limitations.
TAVF started as a community outreach program out of Branford in 2007 as a way to engage and provide fellowship to disabled and recovering veterans. In 2018 TAVF was officially incorporated and received a 501 (c) (3) designation. TAVF relies on donor support and volunteers to meet its mission. Participants include the Brownell House, CT D.A.V., CT Veterans Home Rocky Hill, Cosgrove Commons, Dinda House, Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center, Errera Community Care Center, Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes Home, Fisher House, Harkness House, Homes for the Brave, the Next Step program, the Post-Traumatic Stress Residential Rehabilitation Program, Rockville Mansion, South Park Inn Homeless Shelter, VA Newington, VA West Haven, and others.
Each event is a complete package free of charge. Veterans are provided transportation, equipment, food and beverages, easily accessible waterfront fishing and whatever level of assistance they might require. During the spring, summer, and fall, TAVF hosts a series of fishing outings at both salt and freshwater locations in CT. Each event is staffed by volunteers from across the state.
A variety of other activities are held as well, including picnics, holiday parties and more.