Fisherman Builds Rail System For Our Warriors
Injured and disabled veterans deserve a lot of things, including a chance to enjoy the great outdoors.
That’s what drove retired Marine Corps Pilot Jeff Thompson to design a handicap hand rail system that allowed this avid fisherman to get back on the water.
Working with Ranger® Boats, Jeff designed a unique rail system dubbed the Fish’n Rail™ that allows him to fish while wearing a solid, 360-degree back brace.
The draw to the great outdoors also inspired Jeff’s dream of bringing more disabled veterans out fishing.
Thus began Operation Troop Salute, a program that takes disabled veterans on the water to fish during championship angler events. Last year, Jeff coordinated with the Wounded Warrior® Project to take six wounded warriors fishing for the Forrest Wood Cup Championship Bass Tournament in Georgia, and the plan is to take out more in 2014.
With about $10,000 of electronic equipment onboard, Jeff knew he was going to need some reliable power. For his trolling motor and equipment, Jeff went to the best choice, the 31-AGM7 from Interstate Batteries.
“It’s security, safety and reliability to me,” he said. “It means knowing that I have the power. I don’t have to worry. That’s peace of mind.”
Want to see the Fish’n Rail in action? Visit Epco Marine Products online.