Florida’s wounded veterans invited on free fishing trip

“Florida’s wounded veterans are invited to sign up for a free offshore fishing trip in June through the state’s Operation Outdoor Freedom program.  

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s wounded veterans are being offered an official invitation to register for a free offshore fishing trip this June. It’s through the state’s program Operation Outdoor Freedom, which launched in 2011. Since the program started, more than 2,900 wounded veterans have participated in hunting, fishing, boating and other recreational events at no cost.



This free offshore fishing trip will launch first thing Tuesday, June 20, from Carrabelle, Florida. Participants will need to arrive the day before, June 19.  

Space is limited, so eligible veterans must register online for the trip through this direct link. (Scroll down to where events are listed and click on “Carrabelle Offshore Fishing Trip.” You will then be prompted to click the “Apply” button. Either log in or create a free user account.) Participants will be drawn at random prior to the event and will be notified by email.

“Operation Outdoor Freedom is a special way of connecting the natural resources our state is blessed with to the men and women who’ve courageously and selflessly put their lives on the line,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. “It’s the least we can do for those who have done so much for us.”



The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, organizes and hosts the events where participants can fish, hunt, boat and more.

Outdoor excursions are held regularly on state forests and private lands throughout Florida and are funded through private donations and support.

Participation in the Operation Outdoor Freedom Program has been established for Florida residents, as defined in s. 379.101(30)(b), who are honorably discharged military veterans with either:

  • A service-connected disability rating of 30% or greater from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Or a Purple Heart recipient

If you would like more information on Operation Outdoor Freedom or to learn how you can get involved and help honor Florida’s wounded veterans, go to OperationOutdoorFreedom.com.”

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About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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