What we do...
“Hookin’ Up Heroes” is an organization of volunteers dedicated to hosting events that bring Military Veterans and Active Duty Service Men and Women together for exciting outdoor recreational activities.
Members of the core group of organizers represent: Ron Monroe, Diane Pomeroy-Monroe, Ralph Bell, Mike Armato, Chris and Tracy Snyder, Dana and Deanne Strickland, American Legion Post 554, Sheila Schneider and others. Hookin' Up Heroes events are designed around one common goal. That goal is to "Take Them Fishing". This activity provides a platform through which these Heroes can gather together, share stories, compete and build fond new memories. These events are also an opportunity for individuals, businesses and groups to express their appreciation. We invite everyone to help us through sponsorships, but furthermore, we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the activities with us.
Early in 2007, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan created a Veteran's Program to specifically help our combatants returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with the complex traumatic brain injury issues. Called the “invisible wound” because a very serious injury can be sustained without visible indicators, TBI has been named the “Signature Wound” of the War on Terror.
Brain injury awareness presentations are made to returning soldiers and their families at post deployment health assessment workshops. We believe the most important part of our message is that these wounds are “Invisible” and “Treatable”.
No brain injury is too small to ignore or too severe to lose hope.
“SIGNATURE WOUND” OF THE WAR ON TERROR
Veterans returning from combat may have a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by
· Improvised Explosive Devices - IEDs
· Vehicle Crashes
Shock wave blasts from improvised explosive devices, rocket propelled grenades and land mines are the leading cause of TBI for active duty military personnel in combat zones. Reports indicate that up to 20 percent of returning veterans exhibit symptoms of having sustained traumatic brain injury.