Wounded warriors go fishing on Chappy

Valence Scott gets a quick lesson before starting her afternoon of surfcasting. — Photo by Yoojin Cho

In 2008, 7-year-old Mini Junior Derby Winner Jack Nixon read an article about recovering wounded veterans. Then Jack helped his parents and the staff at Beach Plum Inn launch a program to invite a group of wounded servicemen and women to a few days of fishing, barbecuing and relaxing on Martha’s Vineyard. Thus began the annual American Heroes Saltwater Challenge.

This year, for the third year in a row, Beach Plum Inn is hosting active duty military men and women and their families. The soldiers arrived on Sunday, and throughout the week, they went out fishing with Islanders. A lot of them caught many fish to weigh at the 66th annual Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby as well.

On Wednesday, the group went to Chappaquiddick for surfcasting at Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge. Even a little rain didn’t stop them from having fun and enjoying the afternoon.

In the video, Staff Sergeant Scott Beauchamp talks about why he enjoys fishing, and Valence Scott, mother of Sergeant Robert Scott III, talks about spending time with her son.