Merry Christmas, holiday wishes to TAVF friends!

Version 2Merry Christmas and warmest holiday wishes to all of our Take A Vet Fishing friends! That includes our veterans and volunteers, our event partners and supporters of every stripe!

You won’t find a better bunch of folks than you will at a Take A Vet Fishing event. It’s our chance to honor and say thank you to our veterans for serving our country. And we do it while wetting a line and taking our chances at reeling in a fish or two. Throw in some good old-fashioned hospitality and a barbecue, and a good time is just about guaranteed!

Thank you all, and stay in touch!

April 6, 7, 8, 2018 Fishing & Hunting Show – Hartford CT TAVF-Booth#521

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Please stop by the TakeAVetFishing Booth #521 to say hello!

We’ll be there to help get the word out about supporting our veterans in healing and recovery through fishing! On display, and not to be missed will be a magnificent fish quilt valued at over $800 up for raffle to support our programming. Also get a photo with Greg Myerson’s incredible IGFA World Record Striped Bass – 54″ and 81.88lbs! AND… we’ll have the patented RattleSinkers® available for sale that helped Greg land his epic fish! Maybe you’ll be next to break a record!? See you there!

Friday 4/6 : Noon – 8pm

Saturday 4/7: 10am – 7pm

Sunday 4/8: 10am – 5pm

Admission: $12 Adults, $4 Kids, Sat. 4/7: First 200 Veterans & Active Duty Mil are FREE w/ID

Wed. 28 March is Jersey Mike’s Subs – Branford “Day of Giving”


It’s that time again… the best excuse you’ll ever have to head for Jersey Mike’s Subs (Branford, CT) for lunch or dinner!

For the 6th consecutive year, Take a Vet Fishing has been selected as charity partner for our local Jersey Mike’s Subs for their “Month of Giving”. Last year Jersey Mike’s Subs raised over $12,000 for TAVF! Ranking #9 in the Nation among 1,250 stores, WOW!

On Wednesday March 28, 2018 is their “DAY of GIVING” (DOG) where 100% of the DAY’S SALES …yes, your ENTIRE PURCHASE AMOUNT will be donated to TAVF!

  • Please help spread the word; for Lunch & Dinner.
  • Friends, Businesses, Clubs, Teams or Groups welcome!
  • Catering Boxes recommended for larger orders.
  • Please order the day before, for DOG

The Branford Jersey Mike’s Subs is owned by Marc Ferns, and Anthony Cappetto is GM; they usually work work around lunch time. Please thank them and mention TAVF.

The store is located at 845 West Main Street, Branford, CT on US-1 on Branford Hill near East Haven. Phone: 203-481-8050

Help support Take A Vet Fishing, now in its 12th season!

5,658 veterans served since 2007; last year alone 706 at 19 fishing events and 29 total events including fundraising! All funds go directly to providing fishing related activities… non-profit, no salaries paid, no corporate overhead, broad community support, many partner organizations. Thank you for your support. We would not be entering our 12th year without you onboard!

Take A Vet Fishing Board of Directors, Volunteers, Sponsors & Supporters                                     Marc Ferns, Franchise Owner                                                                                                                          Anthony Cappetto, General Manager                                                                                                       Jersey Mike’s Staff, Branford, CT

Yale University’s “The Politic” Magazine features story on TAVF

Fishing for Solutions: Take a Vet Fishing Offers New Options for Veterans

“Just getting back out on the water and doing some fishing with great friends made it one of the best days of my life. Camaraderie is awesome, and these are all brothers and sisters of mine who would’ve had my back during war.”   – U.S. Navy Diver, Ret. & blind veteran Karl Yachulke of Bethel, CT

By EMILY JI   March 9, 2018
Emily Ji, writing for “The Politic” explores non-profit community partnership outreach for blind veterans with Take A Vet Fishing (TAVF); founded in CT in 2007 at the First Congregational Church of Branford. “TAVF is a perfect example of a partnership that helps vets; not in the traditional way of healthcare or assistance with home loans, but just providing that moral support and helping them integrate into the community,” according to Commissioner of the CT Department of Veteran Affairs, Thomas J. Saadi.
The Politic is Yale’s undergraduate journal of politics and culture. Read more about its history here.
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TAVF hosts another FilmFest4Veterans presenting Howard Films’ epic “Running the Coast”! Nov. 29 & 30, 6-9pm at Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, CT (Ticket link below)

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TICKETS available online via Eventbrite, Click Here! to get yours, PLUS DETAILS & MORE INFO – don’t wait, limited seating of about 150.

Hope you can join us Wed. & Thurs. Nov. 29 & 30 to thrill to Howard Films’ epic “Running the Coast” which follows the 1000 mile annual migration of the Striped Bass along the Eastern seaboard, and the fanatic anglers who pursue them! Shown in 3 parts over 2 nights…it will be a lot of fun for some very good causes… click the link above!


Day of Giving at Jersey Mike’s

Nobody does it quite like Jersey Mike’s in Branford, CT. Owner Marc Ferns (L – in red) donates 100% of sales on the last Wednesday of March, the “Day of Giving”. The best part is that everybody gets to pitch in by simply purchasing a lunch or dinner. In March 2016, the Branford store won 5th place nationally (out of over 1,000 stores) in single-store funds raised! BRAVO! & Thank You!!

See you at Jersey Mikes on Wednesday, March 29, 2017