d4155dfc-a4e4-4c62-b814-75a75ec2acd5Over the past year, Project Healing Waters has seen great growth in the state of New Jersey; contributing to the recovery and rehabilitation of injured and disabled veterans state-wide. New programs have been established, communities reached, and new collaborative partnerships developed. In addition to the great dedication of our volunteers, partners, and VA facilities – tremendous financial support has come through a generous grant from the Kessler Foundation.

The Kessler Foundation is a public charity dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals with disabilities.Kessler Foundation bears the name of Dr. Henry H. Kessler, an orthopedist who founded Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in 1947 to provide comprehensive rehabilitation for people with physical disabilities and help them achieve maximum independence. Today, the rehabilitation research and community employment programs of Kessler Foundation continue Dr. Kessler’s legacy. Kessler Foundation maintains its charitable mission; Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, the largest and most comprehensive hospital for medical rehabilitation in New Jersey, now operates as a for-profit institution.

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Kessler Foundation strives to improve the lives of people with physical and cognitive disabilities caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain and spinal cord injury, and other chronic neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions. Over the past decade, Kessler Foundation has invested almost $50 million in the work of its Research Center, where investigators develop ways to help people with disabilities overcome obstacles to leading full and productive lives in our communities. (Kessler Foundation)

It is through their charitable mission and generous grant that more injured and disabled veterans have been exposed to our unique form of therapy; enabling them to continue on their journeys of recovery.  Fly tying classes, rod building programs, outings, and educational opportunities have been offered in new communities and engaged more veterans in New Jersey throughout 2015.

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Our deepest thanks to the Kessler Foundation for the incredible work they do and for their great support of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the veterans we serve.

Read some highlights of the PHWFF New Jersey Programs, Veterans, and Activities below:

Local Program Helps Veterans Hook Peace of Mind 

Gone fly fising: Vets cast aside troubles for a while 

Inaugural meeting of the Glassboro, NJ PHWFF Program 

The Musconetcong River offers relaxation, healing for Lyons VA Hospital’s Women Trauma Unit

Memorial Saturday Outing