Veterans get ready for yearly fishing tournament

- "If they are in need and they have a real cause we write the check. It's that simple," Thompson said.

Something as simple as organizing a fishing trip, like the one Tamco sponsors every year. It's a tournament for vets, and a way for them to get away from it all.

"The captain party is great. You meet a lot of very interesting people. The food is excellent, and the next day you are out of the boat fishing all day with pro guides. I mean, they put you over the fish and you have a great time," Moore said.

Thompson believes serving the troops is his call to duty.

"All these years, I had something inside of me that I should serve. I'm trying to do my service now for the last 10 years. That's what I honorably tried to do." Jack said. "I will do it for another ten years if I can."

Veterans come home everyday after serving overseas, many badly injured and needing financial support, and a new foundation is working to boost morale and provide them the help they need.  

Army veteran Carl Moore remembers all to well his deployment in Afghanistan. In 2013 he was on patrol when his platoon took enemy fire.

"I tried to get low on a dirt road but couldn't get low enough," Moore said. "Got lit up. Gunshot wound to the chest. It entered on my left side, exited in the tenth vertebrae in my back."

Moore was partially paralyzed. In the winter of that same year, he went to James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa for rehab. When he returned to his room one day, there were Christmas presents for his family.

"I do see a lot of people who say they appreciate my service and that's nice, but when an organization is there to just give Christmas presents... that really shows that they really care about the vets to support them in such away," Moore said.

The Tamco Foundation not only gives gifts to boost morale, it provides direct help to veterans who've been wounded overseas, with financial, family, and career support.
Jack Thompson is the founder of the organization.

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