Southwest Regional Coordinator Carole Katz presented the PHWFF Club Excellence Award to President Yash Iseda of the Long Beach Casting Club (LBCC) during their meeting on September 24, 2015. Our founder, Ed Nicholson, created the award to recognize the club or clubs that have been instrumental to the success and expansion of PHWFF over the years. This award acknowledges those clubs excelling in outreach within their area, generation of funds, participant services, recruitment and retention of volunteers, innovation and increased community awareness of the importance of the PHWFF Mission. LBCC was one of only two clubs to receive this commendation.
Twenty-one veterans, active duty military service members, and volunteers from the Tidewater and Hampton Roads, VA Programs fished Mobjack Bay and the Ware River on September 13, 2015. The event was made possible by the Ware River Yacht Club and offered many participants their first experience fly fishing in salt water.
This Event was sponsored by the Bass Pro Fly Shop in Hanover, MD and was attended by Fort Meade Program Lead Larry Vawter. It featured many of the areas best fly fishers and offered the Fort Meade Program the opportunity to spread our mission and to recruit both veterans and volunteers.
The San Marcos/San Antonio Program holds regular fly tying classes throughout the year for injured and disabled veterans in Central Texas. Below is an account from Program Lead Mike Schlimgen
This Event is sponsored by the Bass Pro Fly Shop in Hanover, MD and is a fall Fly Fishing show . It will feature many of the areas best fly fishers and the Project Healing Waters Fort Meade Program . Attending the show offers the Fort Meade Program the opportunity to spread our mission and to recruit both veterans and volunteers.
Today we loaded 6 veteran’s one last time with their class on the VA Recreation Therapy Van to head down to the River at Ridgway State Park. It’s a beautiful journey we make twice each year; but, this time it was very special. Arlene from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, has been making breakfast and lunch for our veterans for the last six years without fail.
The third day outing of the summer with the Lyons VA Hospital's Women Trauma Unit (WTU) took place on August 30, 2015 on the Musconetcong River in the town of Hampton, New Jersey. Thanks to the generosity of two property owners, the outing took place on a privately owned quarter-mile stretch of spring-fed, trout rich, pocket water providing relaxation and healing in a safe and beautiful natural environment. The outing was an introduction to outdoor recreation involving casting instructions, fly tying, fly fishing for trout, spending the day away from the hospital, dipping your toes in cold water, making new friends, and experiencing the healing powers of a day on the river.
On September 19, 2015 the inaugural South River Rendezvous will take place at Constitution Park in downtown Waynesboro, Virginia. It’s being hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Trout Unlimited Chapter, Shenandoah Valley Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program, and Destination Downtown Waynesboro.
On June 24, 2015 the Montrose VAMC Program had stellar time at one of their regular fly tying classes. There was a great turnout with combat veterans from Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq in attendance as well as numerous new veterans joining the group for the first time.
The Missouri TroutBusters are hosting their annual Fall event to benefit PHWFF on October 16 - 18, 2015 at the Hidden Valley Outfitters Campsite in Lebannon, MO. The 3-day event will feature live music, fishing, food, and great times in a beautiful natural setting, all in support of the veterans served by PHWFF programs.
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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