Over 116 VA healthcare facilities host Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing programs! This has enabled us to bring our unique form of therapy to an ever-expanding number of veterans who may benefit from it in communities across America.  At these locations, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) volunteers are VA volunteers.  They provide fly fishing, fly tying, and rod building programs and a caring community for the Veteran patients.  Through our collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs our cause has grown from a single program in 2006 to over 200 programs serving over 7,400 veterans annually today.  We are pleased to announce that we are continuing to grow this relationship by joining over 40 other major veteran, civic and service organizations as members of The National Advisory Committee of the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS).

The National Advisory Committee (NAC) of the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) was established on May 17, 1947, and became a federally chartered advisory committee on February 5, 1975. The Committee advises the Under Secretary for Health on matters pertaining to the participation of volunteers in VA medical facilities, assists in recruitment and orientation of volunteers, and keeps the officers and members of participating organizations informed of volunteer needs and accomplishments.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) is the largest volunteer program in the Federal government, with more than 350 national and community organizations involved in support of their mission.  Every year, over 75,000 volunteers give more than 11 million hours in service to America’s Veterans. It is impossible to calculate the amount of caring and sharing that these VAVS volunteers provide to Veteran patients. VAVS volunteers are a priceless asset to the Nation’s Veterans and to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

To learn more about volunteering at your local VA, please visit www.volunteer.va.gov

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