Issue 16

Heroes On the Water

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This issue of The Milkcrate is dedicated to an organization held dear by many within the sport, and one the exemplifies the altruistic and giving nature of kayak anglers. At its core, the mission of Heroes On the Water is simple – take veterans kayak fishing. It is possible, however, to extrapolate from Jim Dolan’s [...]



Chuck Wrenn

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Chuck Wrenn is a champion angler and frequent volunteer for both the Central VA and Tidewater Chapters of Heroes On the Water. A man truly passionate about the organization, Chuck has been known to use personal vacation days as a means with which to attend the HOW events. A veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Chuck [...]



Tom VanderHeiden

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Hailing from Virginia Beach, Tom VanderHeiden is the Coordinator for the Tidewater Chapter of Heroes On the Water. Known for his approachability, friendliness, and story telling abilities, Tom is an angler with an a true affinity for the sport’s practitioners. In his own words, “I’m not a guy that is concerned with collecting fish citations [...]



Bill Stroud

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  Bill Stroud is a San Antonio based angler and chapter coordinator for Heroes On the Water. Known for creating memorable and healing kayak angling excursions, Bill has brought countless veterans into the sport. With a reflective and humble air, Bill personifies many of the sport’s positive traits, and truly exemplifies the mission of HOW. [...]



Michael Ortiz

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  As a veteran and Fort Bragg-based HOW volunteer, Michael Ortiz knows both sides of the group’s equation. An angler since his fourth year of life, Michael drew upon his experience and talent to earn, after a short two years of kayak fishing, a coveted spot on the Wilderness Systems Pro Fishing Staff. Currently stationed [...]