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Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca Honors Wounded Warriors
  
  
DATE: December 2, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Reiter 
Commission Aide
Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca
District 4 
PHONE: 954-357-7004 EMAIL: rreiter@broward.org  

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca presented proclamations to 17 Wounded Warrior Project Alumni recognizing December 5, 2013, as Wounded Warrior Appreciation Day in Broward County, Florida. 

“They fought for our country, suffered disabling injuries and deserve special recognition,” said Commissioner LaMarca. “The strength of our Wounded Warriors is often the motivation others need to emulate the call to action and commitment to their community, and I thank them for their service.”

Commissioner LaMarca also presented local boat captain Vincent LaSorsa with a Key to Broward County for his commitment to our community and the Wounded Warrior Project.

For the past six years, with the support of Jimmy Buffett and his company Margaritaville, Vincent has taken groups of Wounded Warriors on the ocean fishing voyages of their lives. They hold two trips, one at the Port of Montauk, New York, and one in Lighthouse Point, Florida. The event starts the night before with a dinner with the captains, crew, Wounded Warriors and their families and donors. The next morning the boats and Wounded Warriors meet at the Lighthouse Point Marina for their boat assignments. Each boat has anywhere from 2 to 5 Wounded Warriors along with a captain and crew. Afterwards, they come in, weigh their fish and filet them and take them home with them.

“It is a great day for the warriors, who feel as if they have gotten an escape from the trials and tribulations in their lives,” said LaSorsa.

The Wounded Warrior Project began 10 years ago when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need.

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