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Fishing can help returning vets

November 26th 2008 02:23
I was surfing the web, looking for some info, when I found something else and it sort of took over everything I was thinking about at the time…

American soldier in Iraq
The brave men and women fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq don't leave it all behind when their tour of duty is over. Everyday life in a combat zone is one of the most intense experiences imaginable. Military personnel returning from war have always faced adjustments—adjustments that may not always be easy. It goes without saying that those dealing with physical injuries face additional challenges. However, physical injuries are easier to spot and understand than those occurring in a soldier's mind or spirit.

Happily, for vets yearning for the tranquility of fly fishing and fly tying there is Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing—a program where there is no disability that will prevent you from taking part in the activities it offers. "It isn't that you can't do it. It's that we haven't figured out a way that you can do it", is a quote from a brochure published by the PHWFF.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc is a nonprofit organization initiated by members of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly fishers and serves military personnel who have come home wounded or injured in an effort to aid their physical and emotional recovery. This is done daily by volunteers who assist these vets in using and enjoying these their fishing and outdoor skills as a means of recreation.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is open to all active Military Guard and Reserves as well as veterans from all of America's conflicts. Although PHWFF initially focused on military personnel in the Washington, DC area, it quickly expanded and is now offering services to active military personnel and veterans in military and Veterans Hospitals across the nation with plans to expand even more.

It ought to be noted that services offered by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing are made available at no cost. This includes equipment used to accommodate special needs so, money is no excuse.

If you have a friend or relative who has been involved in the Gulf or Afghanistan, and they may be even remotely interested in the outdoors or fly fishing, give this program some serious consideration.

For more information about Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the services it offers you can view the PHWFF website or write or call

Healing Waters Fly Fishing
P.O. Box 695
Laplata, MD 2064

Until next time--watch yourself and watch your line!

I hope nobody is offended that I designated this post in all categories of my blog. I want to make sure everyone sees it!

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