Sunday, September 16, 2018

Soldiers on the Water trip included caregivers

It's about me
North West Florida Daily News
By Kaylin Parker
Posted Sep 15, 2018
“One of the reasons that made me do it that very first time I did it, someone said, ‘it’s about me,’ and I get that all the time,” Morgan said. “It wasn’t a show. It wasn’t a pity party. It was about me, and that means something.”
Members of the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors team bring fish to the weigh scales during the 6th Annual Soldiers on the Water deep sea fishing event. Michael Snyder Daily News

DESTIN — Combat wounded troops, caregivers, service dogs and active-duty military were among the large crowd on hand Saturday for the 6th Annual Soldiers on the Water event hosted by the Emerald Coast Association of Realtors.

Natalie Sayles, who lives in Atlanta, has been coming for three years. She served as an Army combat medic for 17 years and was medically discharged in 2012 after breaking both her legs during training.

Sayles said she enjoys the “camaraderie” among the veterans.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to take care of myself medically, so I like to try to extend that favor ... through conversation, through talking,” Sayles said.

Soldiers on the Water features a free fishing trip for veterans or active-duty troops who have combat-related injuries.
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