Juniper Ranch in Caldwell hosts veterans for a day of fishing

Posted at 5:59 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 19:59:39-04

Stan and Jeanie Meholchick have provided a sanctuary for veterans at their ranch in Caldwell since 1994, Stan served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Two busloads showed up at a beautiful little lake to go fishing, one from the Idaho State Veterans Home and the other from the Boise VA.

The Meholchick's said this is their way of giving back all the services that they received after Stan's tour in Vietnam, it's their way of helping veterans.

"The objective is to pair up active duty military with a veteran for a fun day of fishing," said Jeanie. "We don't know how many people are here, but we serve 175-225 pounds of chili," added Stan.

Airmen from Mountain Home and Gowen Field showed up to swap stories with veterans from a generation ago and beyond.

"This is absolutely great, it is always great to give back to the veterans," said Senior Airmen Mario Estrada of the United States Air Force. "My vet and I haven't caught a fish yet, but we are hoping to."

Howard's Tackle Shop in Nampa provided the fishing gear, the Department of Labor was on hand to help younger vets with employment and other resources were available at Juniper Ranch.

The next fishing day will be on September 11, the ranch also hosts events for warriors with PTSD and women who were sexually abused during their service, the ranch has an event every three weeks.

In addition, the Boise VA will be hosting veterans appreciation day on Saturday, June 16 on the parade grounds from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To see what this experience meant to some of the veterans and active duty military members check out the video.