About Us

From Soldiers to Fishermen

Jim Flermoen and Eric Anderson are MN Army National Guard veterans who deployed to Iraq in 2006. During their deployment, both vets were escorting a convoy in route to Baghdad when struck by an IED. Jim was severely injured resulting in him being medically evac-d to Germany and onto Brook Army Medical Center. Since the explosion, both veterans have suffered from TBI and PTSD.

Sometime later Jim met Joe Scavo, a veteran who served eight years in the US Army (infantry) with two deployments. All three of them experienced life-changing events that have affected them emotionally and physically. They found themselves conflicted daily with the changes that challenged their personal and professional lives.  While trying to pick up the pieces, Jim found peace fishing in the great outdoors which became a way to reset his mind and regain a passion for life. Joe and Eric were also struggling with their battles and searching for help. Jim started taking them fishing, where they gained serenity and brotherhood accompanying each other. Jim, Joe, and Eric wanted to share their positive experience with other veterans who are also suffering from similar backgrounds.

Their traumas provided them with a sense of responsibility to never forget their fellow soldier and military children. With their passion came the decision to start a non-profit called Freedom Fishing Foundation to introduce and provide an experience that would benefit others and bring together the veteran community.
It is our mission to provide veterans and military families the opportunity to attain tranquility and fellowship through the sport of fishing.

We're here to listen to your story. Here's Ours...
Freedom Fishing Foundation is here to support our veterans and military families by finding peace and tranquility through the sport of fishing. We provide fishing opportunities that will be a non-judgmental, bonding experience; due to their ability to relate with others who have struggled with the emotional and physical trauma that occurred from war and post-war events. As fellow veterans, we serve veterans, children of veterans lost to suicide or military service, and their spouses.

Many veterans are struggling financially, physically, and mentally and need a place to reset their mind. Some are feeling hopeless and are desperately in need of the missing brotherhood lost from the military. Children of veterans are often left behind on their own to deal with multiple challenges that come with the military life and need support from the veteran community. A fishing adventure will provide an opportunity to feel at ease and promote a healthy, lifestyle activity.

By providing a fishing excursion that promotes healing, companionship, and healthy outdoor activity for our heroes and their families, we are able to serve those who serve. Military children will receive fishing gear as a gift for continued use and enjoyment. Our future goal is also to provide all veterans with fishing gear as well. Freedom Fishing Foundation covers the cost of the fishing trips including; fishing license, tournament or resort fees (if applicable), bait, gear, and meals.

Board of Directors - 2021

Ben Elfelt
Ben Elfelt
President
Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson
VP Fishing Operations
Jim Flermoen
Jim Flermoen
VP Fishing Operations
Dorothy Radermacher
Dorothy Radermacher
Secretary / Treasurer
Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson
Director of Marketing
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