BAYOU VISTA, Texas — Bayou Vista was a popular destination for a different breed of tourist this summer.
About 30 wounded veterans made the journey from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio to Bayou Vista this summer to relish the opportunity to cast a line and crack open a beer.
“For a lot of these guys, it’s the first time they’ve been out of the hospital,” said Bayou Vista resident Joe Mims.
“Having some normalcy to their life gets them away from all that and gives them something to look forward to.”
The veterans are patients at the Brooke Army Medical Center and many were victims of gunfire and improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and Iraq. On average, four wounded veterans came to Bayou Vista every other weekend during the summer.
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