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Recovery via Fly Fishing for Wounded Warriors

14 Aug

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This week’s inspiring story comes from a letter we received from Sandy Stutz with Project Healing Waters - a group of fantastic folks who are dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing education and outings. We donated some guided imagery to the program and she was writing to say thank you. 

Dear Belleruth:

For the past 4 years, my husband and I have produced the Falling Spring Invitational Fly Fishing Outing for wounded warriors in Central Pennsylvania.  Thank you for your support with these special De-Stress and Healing Trauma CDs, which we tucked into the gift tables of our warriors as they departed the outing and headed back to Walter Reed. From conversations with the troops, we discovered that guided imagery was not an option normally afforded them – only meds. Thank you for enabling me to be a small part of the program to share your works on a personal basis to these warriors.... 

Sandy 

While initially focusing on the military personnel in the Washington, DC area, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program has expanded nationwide and is offering its services and program to wounded active military personnel and disabled veterans in Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals throughout the country. 

The Project relies on Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited, and independent fly fishing clubs to conduct the program at the DOD and DVA hospitals across the nation. The volunteer staff and outings leaders include experienced fly fishers and guides, all of whom donate their time and knowledge to support the Project participants.  They do what they do purely to give back to these warriors who have sacrificed so much.

It is much more than a one day fishing trip.  For many participants, particularly disabled veterans, the socialization and camaraderie of the classes are just as important as the fishing outings, and provide them a new activity and skill.

To learn more about the program’s extraordinary effects on our warriors, read their personal remarks here.