I’ve been trying to put into words my experience with Eddie and Damon. I’ve gotta say meeting new people is not something I truly feel 100% comfortable with but for some reason I didn’t feel that way with these two. I get comfortable I felt like I was fishing with a couple of old brothers from the Army. There was no pressure and they listened really well. Eddie is very knowledgeable with fishing and I learned a lot about fishing for lake bass and what to look for. I truly feel like I have not one but two new people who truly care. Those two are some of the truest and genuine guys I’ve meet and I’m lucky to been accepted into the fishing in the dark family. Aside for the amazing gear that was given to me, (which by the way was freaking awesome! I’m soo thankful!), I got to walk away with more knowledge to help me stay engaged and be better angler and the best of all was I got to walk away with two new brothers! Thank you guys very much for everything the gear, the trip, and the great memories. If I could leave you and whoever is reading this with, please don’t be afraid to reach out, I know we as veterans like to do things on our own but sometimes we need someone to watch our six and these guys and this organization truly does that. Take a chance and see what these two are doing, you’ll see for yourself that they’re doing great things for us. Take it in and see for yourself. Thank you Eddie thank you Damon you two are exactly what us veterans are about and that’s looking out for each other!
SGT US Army (ret)
Mike served as a Cav scout (19D) in the U.S. Army for over 6 years. With multiple tours to Iraq, Mike retired from the military . His experience with Fishing in the Dark was our first of many Veterans we will help find an outlet. We were thankful that we had the opportunity to meet Mike and even more thankful that he responded to our cause with such positivity. We cannot thank him enough for everything he has done and everything he will do in the future! Mike, Thanks again for being you! We had a great time on the water and look forward to continuing our friendship moving forward!
-Eddie and Damon
Being a very reclusive and self-reserved person, I’ve kept my circle of trusted people within a short distance and kept many from really knowing who I am; thinking that not many really know how it is to have PTSD or the challenges that come with it and service-connected disabilities. My most valued and trusted circle has and always will be my family. My oldest daughter, while attending Texas Tech University, found Eddie and Fishing In The Dark on social media, and told me about his efforts and wanted me to look into it. I’ve been skeptical about veteran’s outreach programs, but meeting Eddie at the VetFest in Round Rock eased any preconceived notions I previously had. I reached out to Eddie that evening and filled out a request to participate. Eddie quickly responded, and we started to ball rolling.
Once on the water, the day seemed to just start so tranquil and calm. Eddie eagerly opened the day with a smile; and seemed to be quite the social butterfly, which broke the ice. After some initial ground rules, indoctrination, and safety briefs; we were on the water. The amazing gear he and his sponsors donated are top-notch and such a blessing to receive! Within the first hour, I was easing into a new activity and knee deep into whatever the conversation took us. It was nice to be able to discuss past common experiences, life’s journeys and challenges, and knowing that there are so many others like me, and others that have many more obstacles than myself. Eddie definitely took advantage of the opportunity to ensure that any and all of my questions (fishing, VA, or otherwise) were answered. One thing that I wish I could go back and change…I would have let Eddie catch all the big fish! This really was a life and mind opening event. Many thanks to Eddie (and his wife who I know does all the hard work)! I’ll take what I was blessed with and pay it forward with all that I have, spread the word…I have!
To any future or potential sponsors/donors, Eddie and Damon (and their families) have something special to offer veterans, something quite genuine and unique. Don’t pass up the opportunity to be involved or get involved with this!
Many Thanks Again,
Anthony A. Davis
MSgt, USAF, Retired