Vets Reel ‘Em In in Broad Channel


Members of Broad Channel’s VFW Post 260 and the North Channel Yacht Club honored local veterans by hosting a Snapper/Fishing Tourney this past Sunday, August 11. The vets from St. Albans VA Hospital came for a fun day of fishing and barbecuing while feeling the ocean breeze and listening to live music.

“We try to get together with veteran organizations and clubs in the neighborhood to get the St. Albans residents out from their everyday mundane institutional life,” Bob Prokopowicz, Auxiliary Treasurer for VFW Post 260, said. “It’s great that the local clubs are getting involved and opening their doors like the North Channel Yacht Club so the veterans can have a great day out and do some fishing.”

David Benyard was just one of the many participants that got to enjoy the day. “I am really enjoying my time out here,” Benyard said. “The people here are so nice and when you’re dealing with nice people, everything is beautiful.”

The event started around noon, where all gathered with their spouses and family members to have lunch and socialize. Afterwards, some of the vets took hold of a rod and fished right from the docks. A few of them even got onto Captain Jeffrey Dady's boat to do some fishing from the bay. Rocco Agoglia was one of the vets to go out onto the boat. “I was on an Aircraft carrier for two years, so being on a boat is a piece of cake,” Agoglia said with a laugh.

While enjoying fishing, the veterans also got to listen to live music by Queens’ very own The Brotherhood of the Grape.

Big Ron’s fishing station was gracious enough to donate the bait and tackle for the event, and St. Albans staff were more than thankful for the opportunity presented to those who served this country. Victoria Townes, recreational assistant at St. Albans, said, “We are grateful for the VFW Post 260 and the North Channel Yacht Club for inviting us out. They bought into our motto and belief that no veteran is left behind or forgotten, and that people care.”