Quincy: Hundreds of Disabled Veterans Enjoy Annual Fishing Trip

 

Over 20 boats were donated for the fishing trip. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Over 20 boats were donated for the fishing trip. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.


Veterans were all smiles as they took part in the 63rd Annual Harvey’s Salt Water Club Fishing Trip for Disabled Veterans in Quincy.

Michael Cheney, the Secretary for Harvey’s, says people from VA hospitals from around the state take part in the event.

“It started out with about 20, and now we have close to 200 that we take out. For some, it’s the only day they get out of the hospital,” said Cheney. “We’re really pleased to be able to take them out, we’re fortunate to have 20 lobster boats that are donated, as well as individual boats.”

After a few hours on harbor, there’s food and entertainment at the Quincy Yacht Club.

“They have served us well, so we give up one day to serve them,” said Cheney. “We’re very proud to do it.”

Al Sheehan, a 68-year-old Vietnam Army veteran from Brockton, says he brings people from his post to take part in the trip.

“They’re saying that it’s the greatest time that they’ve had. These guys, they all have problems. It’s hard for them to have a good day. Even with me, a lot of times I don’t have a good day,” said Sheehan. “I love this day, and everybody here, you can see it, all the smiles and everything. I need it, I need it at least once a year.”

Organizers are considering opening the event to all veterans next year.

Drop lines were cast from the sides of donated lobster boats. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Drop lines were cast from the sides of donated lobster boats. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

World War II Air Corps veterans 97-year-old Albert Audette of Woburn and Alfred Ducey of Andover say this trip is like "heaven on earth." Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

World War II Air Corps veterans 97-year-old Albert Audette of Woburn and Alfred Ducey of Andover say this trip is like “heaven on earth.” Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The catch of the day is displayed aboard one of the many boats. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The catch of the day is displayed aboard one of the many boats. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Boston skyline made a nice backdrop to the calm waters in Quincy Harbor. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

The Boston skyline made a nice backdrop to the calm waters in Quincy Harbor. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Some people brought their own fishing gear for the trip. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Some people brought their own fishing gear for the trip. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Veterans from all branches of service fished from Quincy Harbor. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Veterans from all branches of service fished from Quincy Harbor. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

George Bouchard from Quincy Veterans Services waves from one of the fishing boats. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

George Bouchard from Quincy Veterans Services waves from one of the fishing boats. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

People were all smiles for a few hours on Quincy Harbor. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

People were all smiles for a few hours on Quincy Harbor. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Over 20 boats were donated for the fishing trip. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Over 20 boats were donated for the fishing trip. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

This was the 63rd year for the Harvey's Salt Water Club Fishing Trip for Disabled Veterans. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

This was the 63rd year for the Harvey’s Salt Water Club Fishing Trip for Disabled Veterans. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com.