Veterans group catches grant for program
On a recent stormy Saturday, area veterans gathered to provide other special veterans with an opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing while away from a hospital or group home setting.
Veterans Fishing for Veterans organizer Rich Eder started the event 10 years ago. The group annually gathers at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation area in St. Charles County for a day to enjoy the outdoors and share fellowship with other veterans who have served America.
Eder says, “This is something that I thought needed to be done so I just put the wheels in motion.”
The Veterans Fishing for Veterans event is possible thanks to the help of many volunteers and sponsors. Cuivre River Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program contributed $400 to the cause.
According to Eder, it was another great event.
“We had 65 veterans come out," he said. "That’s the most ever.”
Grant funds come from Cuivre River Electric Cooperative members who donate through Operation Round Up. Members voluntarily pay the rounded up amount on their monthly electric bill. The funds are administered by Cuivre River’s Community Trust comprised of seven volunteer trustees who represent areas within St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Pike counties where Cuivre River offers electric service.