Memorial Day Celebration to Honor Local Army Veteran

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Bass Pro Shops® to present fishing boat to Hope For The Warriors® Wish recipient

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We are so grateful for how the Katy community has embraced this Army veteran’s family, as well as all service members, veterans, and military families.

Hope For The Warriors® is pleased to attend a Memorial Day celebration in honor of a local Texas Army veteran and his family. Bass Pro Shops®, which will host the celebration, provided the service member a Bass Pro 160 Tracker fishing boat bought by Hope For The Warriors® through the A Warrior’s Wish® Program. This Memorial Day event aims to unite the Katy community to honor all service members, veterans, and military families on behalf of Hope For The Warriors®, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

The celebration will be Thursday, May 21, beginning at 2 p.m. CST at Bass Pro Shops® in Katy, Texas (5000 Katy Mills Circle, Suite 415). There will be a Color Guard and drumline performance by Mayde Creek High School NJROTC Unit 33577. Light refreshments will be provided and everyone in the community is encouraged to attend in honor of Memorial Day.

Staff Sgt. Floyd Peters, USA (Ret.), along with his wife and five children, applied to A Warrior’s Wish® for a bass boat to take his family and fellow veterans fishing. After 23 years in the Army, he is now medically retired from the military and diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Hope For The Warriors® granted his Wish for a Bass Pro 160 Tracker fishing boat to share his recovery process with fellow veterans, friends, and family.

“We are so grateful for how the Katy community has embraced this Army veteran’s family, as well as all service members, veterans, and military families,” Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors® President, said. “We are proud to be part of this Memorial Day event and thankful to Bass Pro Shops® for improving this service member's life."

A Warrior's Wish® honors the goals and desires of severely wounded service members, veterans, and their families. Wishes fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for life-gratifying endeavors for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. For more information about the A Warrior’s Wish® Program, visit http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org.

Support for this Wish spanned across the country. Hope For The Warriors® purchased the boat with a donation from supporter and Air Force veteran Michael Nehlsen of Hillmann Consulting. Nehlsen and his riding partner Jeff Molesko aim to raise funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors® and military families nationwide while riding their motorcycles cross-country this July. Through funds raised from Nehlsen and Molesko’s Riding for Warriors fundraising campaign, Hope For The Warriors® was able to purchase the bass boat for Staff Sgt. Peters.

For more information about Nehlsen’s summer adventures to support veterans, visit http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/riding4warriors.

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About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops®, which specializes in outdoor fun, operates 92 stores and Tracker Marine Centers across America and Canada that are visited by more than 120 million people every year. Bass Pro Shops stores, many of which feature restaurants, offer hunting, fishing,camping and other outdoor gear while their catalogs and website serve shoppers throughout the world. The company’s Tracker Marine Group® (http://www.trackermarine.com), a leading brand of fishing boats for more than 37 years, manufactures and sells a variety of boats for fishing and cruising. Family fun is on tap at Bass Pro Shops resort Big Cedar Lodge® (http://www.bigcedar.com), voted number six by Travel + Leisure Magazine as World's Best Hotels for Families. For more information, visit http://www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog, call 1-800-BASS PRO. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bassproshops.

Hope For The Warriors® Mission Statement:
We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, Hope For The Warriors® provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org) for four consecutive years. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.

Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code. Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.

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