Iraq Veteran Mike Davis and Vietnam Veteran Bruce Shorts discuss their service, fly fishing, and Project Healing Waters with Bob Calvert of Talking With Heroes. Mike is currently the volunteer Outreach Coordinator for the Kansas City PHWFF Program.
WNAV's Donna Cole interviews Larry Vawter, program leader of the Ft. Meade program of Project Healing Waters. They talk fly fishing and all that Project Healing Waters is doing for veterans and active duty service members, locally and globally. The organization teaches fly fishing, starting with making flies and rods, to casting and fishing to veterans/disabled veterans and active duty service members. All of this is being done at Fort Meade, as well as locations around the world.
On Saturday, June 25, 2016 the Indiana Kayak Anglers and Wildcat Creek Outfitters hosted the Midwest Madness kayak fishing tournament to benefit Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the veterans we serve.
Veterans, captains, guides, and volunteers had a great time on the waters in Palmetto, Florida. There were 10 boats with their captain, a veteran and volunteer who went fishing in the surrounding waters. Twenty-one disabled veterans participated. We assembled around 8:00 AM at the Bradenton Yacht Club and headed out to fly fish the surrounding waters. This event has been held since 2012 at the Bradenton Yacht Club and has been supported by the Anna Maria Oyster Bar and the Crosthwait Memorial Tournament.
On May 19, 2016 the Battle Creek VAMC Program of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing was recognized with the Community Service Award for 2016 by the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
On May 16, 2016 sixteen veterans from the Battle Creek VAMC Program took to the Muskegon River in Newaygo, MI for a day of angling
Bangor, Maine PHWFF Program volunteers and participants volunteered their time to assist the City of Brewer’s Environmental Services Department with storm drain marking and distributing door hangers in order to spread awareness concerning stormwater pollution. 5 participants and 2 volunteers participated. Markers were installed adjacent to storm drains with a fish in the center and the phrase “Drains to River” marked on them. Door hangers were handed out as well educating local residents about stormwater pollution and things that they can do to minimize the potential for stormwater to be polluted in the first place and to limit the potential for any polluted run-off to enter the storm drain system. Following the event the City of Brewer treated the volunteers to pizza to show their appreciation for the help we provided
National Social Media Assistant and PHWFF co-Program Lead for Charlottesville, VA 1SG (ret) David Ira Strouse, U.S. Army recounts his experiences volunteering at the annual Regional trip to Riverbound in Southwest Virginia.
Olga Rojas of Bishop, CA was presented the Patriot Award for sustained extraordinary service from 2009 to 2016 by Southwest Regional Coordinator Carole Katz on May 12, 2016.
The PHWFF South Florida Program in cooperation with the U.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment conducted the “Backcountry Purple Heart Slam”, a two-day fishing venue during May 13-14, 2016 at Whitewater Bay in ENP, for twelve active duty/retired wounded Marines, in order to assist in their medical recovery and rehabilitation.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
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