The Maj. Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program Inc.
The Maj. Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit program that was started in 2008 out of a need to help veterans and at risk and needy kids. The purpose of this program is to get veterans and kids hooked on fishing. For veterans it gives them a way to deal with issues from their service, be it mental or physical ones. Kids find a new hobby they can get involved with and make better choices in life as opposed to hanging around on the block and getting into trouble.
As The Maj. Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program gets ready to start its 8th year I realized that so far M.S.R.A.F.O.P. has helped 241 veterans and several hundred kids get exposes to the great sport of fishing. This program will continue as long as I breathe to help out as many vets as I can to find some peace from the memories of war. I cannot thank enough all the fine sponsors that have helped me out on this mission and I would encourage you to visit my sponsor’s page to see who they are. They care about our veterans and kids so please help them out by using their products and services. During the coming years I hope that you will continue your support of my Fishing Outreach Program. I hope you feel the same way as I do about our veterans and kids. In a small way my Fishing Outreach Program is my way of giving back to my fellow veterans and helping out our kids. It reminds me of that old bible saying “Give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime!” I equate it to this, you can donate to any veterans charity, and they are all good, the veterans get help for a set amount of time, donate to my program and you give a lifetime of therapy to a veteran or give a kid a chance to succeed in life.
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Joseph J. Kowalski Jr. is a 13 year veteran of the USMC serving from 1980 -1993. He belongs to The Marine Corps League Silver City Detachment #45 where he has served as Commandant, Jr. and Sr. Vice Commandant, and Public Relations Officer, and he is a life member of the Force Recon Association of the Marine Corps. The colorful character we call “Sarge” is known in the motorcycling community as he is a licensed Harley Davidson Tech and has done a weekly radio broadcast called “The Biker Report” in Connecticut’s WCCC 106.9 FM since 1993. Kowalski is also an avid angler and has made the Connecticut B.A.S.S. Federation Nation State Team several times. After recognizing the therapeutic value fishing has on his own PTSD, Joe made it his personal mission to take his fellow veterans fishing to help cope with and heal the wounds of war. In honor of his lifelong friend, Joe founded the Major Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program and takes veterans and under privileged kids out fishing 2 – 3 times per week. Well known in the fishing world for his TV series “Rod’s & Wheel’s” which aired on ESPN2, Keith Alan & Joe first met at the 2006 Bassmaster Classic and started a friendship that would blossom to brotherhood after they met again at the 2011 Classic in New Orleans. In addition to his military career, Joe’s mission to help his fellow veterans with PTSD and TBI through his fishing outreach program makes him a true American Hero in his own right. He is changing, and in some cases, literally saving lives. Because he has first-hand experience, Joe has amazing insight and resources for information on veteran’s needs and causes, which makes him a valuable addition to the team. Kowalski now hosts the Beyond The Experience feature in the American Hero Experience TV Series on NBC Sports Network.