The Wounded Warriors in Action (WWIA), a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, will hold its eighth annual Eagle River Muskie Chal-Lunge on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes this Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 22-25.

Ten Purple Heart veterans from across the country will come to Eagle River for this event.

The WWIA serves the nation’s combat-wounded Purple Heart recipients by providing all-expense paid world class outdoor sporting activities for them. It is hoped that these events will help to recognize and honor their sacrifice, while encouraging independence and promote healing.

This is the eighth year local organizers have been working with the national WWIA to put together the event, according to organizer Scott Samuels. All expenses are covered by local companies, civic organizations and individuals.

“On Friday and Saturday, some of the top fishing guides in the area will be taking our heroes out on the Eagle River Chain of Lakes for a memorable fishing experience,” Samuels said. “They will be joined by Fishing Hall of Fame member Joe Bucher. Joe will spend time in the boats with each warrior offering tips and encouragement.”

The event is headquartered at Eagle Waters Resort, located at 3958 Eagle Waters Road in Eagle River.

Participants will check in Thursday afternoon, then head out Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for muskie fishing on the Chain. Lunch will be held both days at the Marina Bar on Catfish Lake, and dinner is scheduled at Eagle Waters restaurant from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Dinner and an awards ceremony is planned Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eagle River Veterans of Foreign Wars located at 418 W. Pine St. in Eagle River.

No fishing is planned for Sunday, but Eagle Waters will offer a breakfast for the warriors before they depart for home.