2023 Veterans Open
In partnership with the Wounded War Heroes organization, Westside Bassmasters & Optimal Field Services are proud to announce the 7th Annual Veterans Open Tournament. The tournament will be out of Doiron’s Landing in Morgan City, Louisiana. This year’s event will be on July 15th 2023 and participants will be able to fish the Atchafalaya Spillway or Belle River Basins. 30% of the $200.00 entry fees are donated straight to the WWH as well as 100% of all raffles and silent auction item monies. This tournament continues to grow every year and has turned into one great event with a $10,000 guarantee for 1st place based on 100 boats. The highest placing Veteran receives a handmade wooded American Flag.
Our 2023 event had 132 teams compete and we raised over $40,000.00 for WWH and in the past 3 years a grand total of over $70,000.00. There is no entry fee for Veterans. 41 Veterans fished the tournament last year and the number continues to grow. Westside Bassmasters partnership continues to grow with Wounded War Heroes and it is so awesome to see the money go to a great local organization!
Wounded War Heroes is a local nonprofit organization headquartered in Lafayette, LA and was founded 13 years ago. The organization was founded to show our appreciation to the men and women who have been wounded while in combat. WWH provides them therapeutic outdoor experiences upon their return home from fighting for our country. Their sole purpose is to show these veterans they are not forgotten. That their courageous service to our nation hasn’t gone unnoticed and they are very much cared for. WWH pledges that these gallant men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country and sustained life-altering injuries in the fight for freedom are distinguished for their sacrifices. Our passion for the outdoors and desire to give generously by demonstrating everyone's appreciation supporting the WWH Vision, to enrich a person's beneficial outreach to support and fund therapeutic outdoor experiences for these warriors. WWH has 300 Veterans in the organization and host many outreach events throughout the year. Over 22 veterans commit suicide each day in this country which is 22 too many!!! Please come out and support our Veterans! Without their sacrifices for this Great Country we could not enjoy the freedoms we have today!