Paralyzed Veterans of America Bass Tour stops at Kentucky Lake


Reporter- Briana Conner
Photographer- Randall Barnes

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky.— A day out on the water can mean a lot to men and women who can no longer stand on land. Disabled veterans from all over the country spent the day casting their lines at Kentucky Lake for the second Bluegrass Bass Bash Tournament.

Catfish and perch were the catches of the day on the docks at The Kentucky Dam Marina. Fish flopped on the end of lines attached to some creative, and specially designed fishing poles held in the hands of heroes.

Donna Hendrickson served in the army, and was the only female veteran on the dock. She has a spinal disease that will eventually make her wheelchair-bound. It wasn't long before she reeled in a nice-sized catfish with the help of a volunteer.

"None of these events could be possible without volunteers," said Alan Earl with the PVA.  He said he found more than enough volunteers in Kentucky to answer the call. "You're asking a guy to take a disabled veteran or another person with disabilities out for the weekend and have a good time fishing," said Earl. 

Ron Taylor has been volunteering with the bass tour for almost 10 years. He's never won first place, but said he doesn't care. "It's not about me, but it makes me feel great. I'm helping this guy out," said Taylor.

The bass tour's next stop will be next Wednesday through Friday at Rend Lake in Mount Vernon, Illinois.