Tournament will help vets, first responders

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By John Barnhart

A fishing tournament scheduled for Saturday is intended to help an organization called Heroes on the Water.

    This organization, based in Roanoke, takes veterans and first responders, and their families, kayak fishing. The idea is that kayak fishing is a stress reliever and these folks have stress in their lives.
    A local competitive kayak fisherman named Brandon Overstreet is heading up the tournament. He is serving as tournament director and has three assistant directors helping him.
    Overstreet said Heroes on the Water is in its second year and he wants to help it get established. As an Army infantry veteran, it has a special place in his heart. He said kayak fishing provides a tranquil place and lots of veterans need that. He said Heroes on the Water can change people’s lives
    Overstreet said they have been working on it for about seven months.
    “We have a ton of sponsors,” Overstreet said.
    All professional competitive fishermen, like Overstreet, have companies that sponsor them, so Overstreet and the others had contacts to whom they could go seeking sponsors for the tournament. Sponsors have donated things for the raffle that will be held in conjunction with the tournament and Overstreet said lots of companies that make fishing gear have helped out. There are also trophy sponsors. Mission BBQ in donating dinner for everybody. That’s dinner for 100 people.
    Mission BBQ especially impressed Overstreet.
    “We were looking for discounts,” he said.
    Instead of discounts, Mission BBQ volunteered dinner for the entire group.
    The tournament is a pro/am tournament in which a professional competitive kayak fisherman is paired with a veteran or first responder — the hero. The