The Wounded Veterans Fishing Program out of Puget Sound is taking fewer trips this year.
During a normal year, the program takes out up to 200 veterans out fishing for salmon and other species.
The problem? Authorities from Washington state and area tribes can’t agree on how to share coho stock, which is at a low this year. That means that salmon fishing is closed, for now.
“Unfortunately, due to closures, there’s no salmon fishing and we’re high and dry,” says Anthony Oliviero a Purple Heart recipient, who was injured while serving in the Army in Iraq.
He says the Wounded Veterans Fishing Program helped him overcome anxiety and come out of seclusion after returning home.
Danny Gabriel, who started the program, says, “”Under the current conditions, we’ll probably serve half [the normal 200 veterans]. It’s a shame to say that but it’s the way it’ll boil down to.”