Operation Vets with Nets, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military and retired service personnel and disabled veterans through Cat and Striper fishing.
Being there for those in need. Giving Back to those that gave, all through the power of fishing.
Our goal is to open the outdoors to active duty and retired service members, as well as veterans with various disabilities, including those bound to a wheelchair, to the world of fishing. We provide a means of healing through an all-expense-paid freshwater fishing adventure. Our fishing trips will focus on catching Catfish as well as Striper. These trips will be conducted by the founder and/or a Board-approved local fishing guide volunteer.
Established in 2021, the idea of Operation Vets with Nets originates from the therapeutic experience of the founder and president, Rich Segarra.
After fishing the waters of Lake Gaston (VA/NC), I began to feel a sense of calmness during and after each trip.
I have been fishing Gaston for about two years now. With all the stresses of life and my battles, I began to realize how my emotional and physical state improved after each trip. Any depression or chronic pain I was experiencing just seemed to melt away. In 2021, I took out 16 vets, who I know were dealing with various issues. That's when the idea came to me. I began to wonder, "If fishing can help me in so many ways, along with vets I know, why can't it help others?" That is the beginning of our story.