CHARLOTTE COUNTY – Out on the water Tyler Crane finds peace.
“It’s just calming and relaxing, there’s nothing out there to worry about, you’re just on your own little island somewhere,” said Crane
After 10 years in the Army he came back wounded mentally and physically.
Fishing became his therapy.
“Me and a friend of mine were sitting around one day and said and kind of decided we should take vets fishing and it kind of just grew from there,” he explained.
Veterans Excursions to Sea takes Veterans and their families on free Charter fishing trips. But recently they suffered a few setbacks.
“We lost a boat last year and then tight after the boat loss, Hurricane Irma came through and then right after Irma came through I had two surgeries,” said Crane.
But all that is in the past as Crane is bringing 10 veterans from across the country to participate in their biggest fishing excursion.
“We’re bringing in five generations of five different wars, were bringing a world war II guy, a Korean war, a Vietnam war first gulf War we have a guy who just got back from Afghanistan last month,” he said.
This event is kicking off at Laishley Marina in Punta Gorda, with Veterans their families and boat captains taking part reeling in the memories.
“This is just a way a way to bring those five generations together so they get to know each other and help each other, because there’s a lot of wisdom to be learned from these WWII and Vietnam Vets,” said Crane.
Crane is a hero carrying six wounded soldiers to safety after an explosion, but says others paid the ultimate sacrifice and he’s just giving back.
“I just try to do my best here in the community, I’m a part of this community I’ve and breathe here , every day. I’m not ha hero just a member of the community doing something that needs to be done,” said Crane.