Take A Vet Fishing on BCTV 2011 Part 1

BCTV interviews TAVF on “In Touch with Branford”. Jeff Buggee and Ray Luhn explain the origins of Take a Vet Fishing, sharing stories about the organization’s mission of providing friendship and comfort to disabled Veterans and their staff by providing relaxing activities that get them out of the institutional setting. TAVF started in 2007 at the First Congregational Church of Branford and has received broad support in the region. By the end of 2011 in its 5th season, more than 1500 Veterans and scores of volunteers have benefited. As the number of Veterans dealing with disabilities continues to grow, there is a great opportunity for caring citizens to show their compassion and gratitude. TAVF hopes that other groups across the country will develop similar models of outreach and welcomes the opportunity to help.

Take A Vet Fishing on BCTV 2011 Part 2

BCTV interviews TAVF on “In Touch with Branford”. Jeff Buggee and Ray Luhn explain the origins of Take a Vet Fishing, sharing stories about the organization’s mission of providing friendship and comfort to disabled Veterans and their staff by providing relaxing activities that get them out of the institutional setting. TAVF started in 2007 at the First Congregational Church of Branford and has received broad support in the region. By the end of 2011 in its 5th season, more than 1500 Veterans and scores of volunteers have benefited. As the number of Veterans dealing with disabilities continues to grow, there is a great opportunity for caring citizens to show their compassion and gratitude. TAVF hopes that other groups across the country will develop similar models of outreach and welcomes the opportunity to help.
Aired May-June 2011

Independence Day 2010: Vets Win Right to Fish

Story and Photo by Marcia Chambers, Branford Eagle, July 2010

The vets couldn’t have been happier; maybe content is the right word. They arrived at the Killam’s Point Conference Center on July 4th and were given a chair, a fishing rod and the great pond known as Long Island Sound.

“It’s wonderful. I am at peace here,” said Tracey Pettway, 44, who is a patient at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven. It was the second getaway time for Pettway, who served in a Navy amphibious group in Desert Storm. He was smiling.

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Casting kindness: Connecticut congregation takes veterans fishing

Written by Gregg Brekke, United Church of Christ Newsletter, November 2009

The idea of taking a vet fishing didn’t originate with Jeff Buggee, but the member of First Congregational UCC in Branford, Conn. has adapted the idea of spending time with a war veteran and a rod and reel, finding it to be a perfect fit for his church family.

Buggee’s Take a Vet Fishing program has grown in size and scope since its inception in 2007, now including vets from four different units under the Veterans Administration umbrella. In a series of what Buggee calls “God-driven” events, the program has taken a life of its own, and has brought a lot of joy to both the volunteers and participants.

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