South Seas Resort Hosting Disabled Vets Through Outreach Program

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

South Seas Island Resort will host the upcoming Fish With A Hero South Seas event, sponsored by First Nation Group, Sept. 27-30 on Captiva Island. This four-day fishing clinic will bring together 58-plus disabled U.S. military Veterans, First Nation Group employees, South Seas staff, and local volunteers to enjoy beautiful Captiva, the surrounding waters, and all it has to offer.

“In 2017, we didn’t let a little Category 3 hurricane stop South Seas from helping our wounded and disabled Veterans and we’re happy to continue this relationship with Fish With A Hero now,” stated Verdell Ekberg, Sales and Marketing Director of South Seas Island Resort. “Our venue allows for easy access to the waters, dining, and a number of outdoor activities to help support this important program, allowing Veterans to relax, recharge, and connect with other Veterans.”

South Seas Island Resort will act as the host venue for the Fish With A Hero South Seas event and continue their long-standing partnership to serve Veterans. From Sept. 27-30, Veterans and volunteers from Florida and Tennessee will participate in a trip of a lifetime. From shore fishing and fly fishing from skiffs and Hobie kayaks to fly tying and casting lessons, there will an activity for all participants to enjoy.

“Fish With A Hero and its partners are proud to offer this world-class opportunity to create lasting memories for our wounded and disabled heroes and provide an outlet for healing on the water,” said Larry Kendzior, Executive Director of Fish With A Hero. “We love collaborating with other Veterans Services Organizations (VSOs)who are essential in creating an environment for our Veterans to thrive” continued Kendzior. “Outdoor recreational therapy has proved to be an effective treatment in helping our heroes deal with the effects of PTSD and other wounds of war, one of the main reasons we continue to provide experiences like this for our Veterans.”

Organizations and programs sending participants to the event include Heroes on the Water of Southwest Florida, Operation Outdoor Freedom, and Veterans Health Administration (VA) facilities in Bay Pines and Miami, Fla.

Fish With A Hero, First Nation Group, and South Seas Island Resort would like to especially thank the more than 15 professional guides and captains who will donate their time, vessels, and expertise to ensure this event is a success. As in the past, contributions made by our local fishing guides and captains are critical in making memories that last a lifetime.

For additional information about Fish With A Hero South Seas, contact Katie Kimsey at for media questions or visit

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