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Wounded Warriors spend day fishing on the Hudson

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RENSSELAER, N.Y. — Veterans set sail on the Hudson River Sunday for a fishing trip hosted by the Albany Yacht Club. It's a cause everyone can get behind.

"I think they focus rather on alternative ways to helping veterans. It's not medicine they are giving you. It's events like this," said Johan Arenas, a veteran.

Members of the Albany Yacht Club donated their time Sunday morning to give a group of 30 wounded veterans a day they won't soon forget.

"We find that fishing is very therapeutic for them. It's something where they have an ultimate goal, they can sort of hone in on. There's teamwork involved," said Danny Rodriguez, one of the organizers.

"It gets us interacting with other soldiers that have been through the same stuff. It hopefully gets us talking about some of our events," said Sherwood Palitsch, a veteran.

"The Wounded Warriors has been great. It's been a great escape from the stresses of life," said Richard Torres.

It wasn't lost on these veterans that today is Mother's Day. They were able to come back to the Albany Yacht Club and share some brunch with their moms.

"I have my family, my wife and my son," said Arenas.

"I felt like I was a mother to all the young soldiers that I took care of most of the time," said Roslyn Adair, a veteran.

All proceeds from the Mother's Day brunch will go directly back to the Wounded Warrior Project. to continue the cycle of helping veterans re-acclimate to life at home.

"It's great for all. We all suffer differently. It's been a good thing for me, and it helps. It helps," said Torres.

It's that mission of helping that will keep events like these going for years to come.

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