'Captain Kip' Takes Vets on Free Fishing Trips in Tribute to Father

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On a recent summer morning, a group of veterans set out on a fishing trip off the coast of Long Island as part a bonding experience. 

Kip Johannesen formed the nonprofit WAVES, or Wheelchairs and Veterans Enjoying Summer, to allow vets to experience a day of fishing and sightseeing. 

"Captain Kip," as Johannesen is known, has a special fishing boat equipped with a wheelchair ramp so everyone can participate.

Johannesen said the trip is a tribute to his father, who served in the Navy in World War ll.

“It helps me to help them. And they are so appreciative, the guys. We have a great day. We really do,” Johannesen said. “I get out in the water, and I forget everything about land. It's so beautiful, you know?”

Some on the veterans aboard the ship said they are really grateful to have someone who appreciates their service. 

Check out more about the trip in the video above. 

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