On Wednesday May 13th & 14, 2015 the Knoxville Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program hosted a group from the Wounded Warrior Project based out Nashville TN. The two groups shared an afternoon of learning on Tuesday with casting classes and river safety classes taught by volunteers from the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
On April 30th nineteen members of the Truckee River Flyfishers came together to help 25 Reno disabled veterans fish for a day at the Crystal Peak Park Verdi Ponds.
Eight participants combined from the Colorado Springs and Grand Junction Programs to enjoy two wonderful days of fishing and pampering in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and the area waters. The community of Glenwood Springs opened their doors and arms to us and treated all like Queens and Kings
On May 7, 2015 the Atlanta Program visited Frog Hollow near Dahlonega, Georgia for a day of fly fishing in beautiful North Georgia. Participants from the Shephard Spinal Center SHARE Program were able to enjoy the terrific fishing and scenery offered by Frog Hollow Fly Fishing during the outing. It was tremendously rewarding to see all the participants enjoying their time on the water, as evidenced by smiles seen up and down-stream throughout the day.
The Salem VAMC Program hold their monthly fly tying session on the first Tuesday of every month at the DAV Community Hall in Salem, VA. This month's session included three new veterans, none of whom had ever tied flies. We had five instructors from the local TU Chapter #308 Roanoke Valley.
The great short video from Tulsa Word TV captures an outing with the PHWFF Tulsa, OK Program on the lower Illinois River.
On May 4, 2015 Eight veterans and mentors from the Colorado Springs Program were given an opportunity to fish on 101 aces of pristine land with 9 lakes and a 1 mile of stream stocked with trophy size trout.
This was a two day, inaugural outing to Elk Garden Creek on the Ellenbrook Mansion and Estate in Tazewell County, Virginia. It was fully funded by a generous grant from the Ratcliffe Foundation of Tazewell County that included access to miles of their private estate water, that they stocked with trout. They provided all food, travel, and lodging as well. PHWFF is not represented in the five county area surrounding Elk Garden Creek and this outing was a attempt to attract local vets and guides to see if the interest was sufficient to warrant a future new program for the Virginia Region. We had television, newspaper, and radio coverage for this event encouraging interested folks to come by and sign up for another similar, but larger event scheduled for 29-30 May. This event will likewise be funded entirely by the Ratcliffe Foundation due to our objective of attracting local veterans and volunteer guides.
Tamar Franklin and George Pearson collaborated with exiting Coatesville VAMC patient, Veteran Sean Meers. Since he was settling in South Jersey he conferred with Chuck Cutshall PL of the Coatesville PHWFF Program, George Pearson, Deputy Regional Coordinator, National Capital Region and Tamar Franklin, Regional Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic Region. Together we organized a plan to start a program in the Glassboro area. Sean has about a dozen Veterans lined up as participants. Pearson has at least two Participants who have been visiting the Wilmington VAMC Program from Cape May, NJ. With Franklin’s leadership, the new program will reside in the NY/NJ Region.
A Barbeque Fundraiser is being held on June 26, 2015 to benefit wounded veterans served by Project Healing Waters and Focus Marines Foundation. Presented by A D Lift, the fundraiser will take place in St. Louis, MO from 11am – 2:30pm.
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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