A blind Florida veteran is taking to the water in hopes of inspiring others. He has not let his handicap hinder doing what he loves.
On a nice day you will probably see George Tice fishing on his kayak. George loves to fish and usually he catches plenty of them. As you see him reeling in another fish, you probably don’t realize that George is blind.
The U.S. Army veteran lost his sight in 2017 after he had a stroke and emerged from a coma blind. “I don’t see anything it’s all dark,” Tice said. “When I first lost my vision I had a hard time with it.”
Before his handicap, George was part of Veterans Love Fishing. He looked at it as a way to give back to fellow vets. George turned to the group he was part of to help him.
He started by practicing casting at his Florida home. “I sat in my driveway. I spent 6 months and I had a bucket. And I’d just try to hit the bucket at first,” Tice said. After learning to hit the bucket, George took to the kayak which was easy.
George’s guide, Al Sklarski, believes that making a difference in the lives of veterans is important. “The freedom that we have here to enjoy fishing and kayaking to enjoy the things that we have,” said Sklarski.”We have these veterans to thank.”
George’s take on being blind is uplifting. “I don’t consider myself disabled,” said Tice. “I consider it a handicap. Because I’m willing to try anything at any time.”
[SOURCE ABC 7]