Fly Fishing For Wounded American Veterans
Its estimated that over 500,000 US miltary personnel returning from Iraq & Afghanistan suffer from psychological injuries, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Over 70% of our wounded warriors recieve little to no treatment for these injuries. Some of these young men & women don't even realize they have severe PTSD. Only about 1 % of young Americans ever serve in defense of the United States of America in combat operations, thats a very small fraternity of brave souls that step forward for you. You have to reach out to Vets that need help, most are to proud to ask for any help.
Medical research data concludes without treatment and intervention these wounded warriors are more likely to suffer from alcohol and substance abuse, joblessness and homelessness, divorce and commit suicide. We just happen to think that those that step forward to protect our freedoms and liberties deserve better treatment and some gratitude.
2015 U.S.M.C. Wounded Warrior Virginia Fly Fishing Trip
L to R: Fly Fishing Guide Chris'Bear Spray' Roche, ECU Dr. Matt Fish, USMC Major Troy Garlock, USMC Cpl Vince Holliday, USMC Sgt Mariusz Klekotko, Fly Fishing Guide Steve 'Nightcrawler' Patterson, USMC Lt. Col (ret) Steven 'Astro' Patterson, USMC SSgt Krista Nelson, Fly Fishing Guide Vietnam Veteran Calvin 'Big Trout' Norton.
Wounded Warriors in their own words:
I just wanted to thank everyone involved in the fly fishing trip, the experience was unforgettable. It was my first time fly fishing, and I caught a seventeen inch rainbow trout! I believe I have developed a lifelong passion for this sport, and can’t wait to go out again.
Sgt Daniel G. Printz III (USMC Ret.)
I would like to tell everyone that was involved how much fun it was to hang out with the Fly Fishing crew again. I was looking forward for this trip for months. The stress free environment you create is amazing and very relaxing. The support we received was nothing more than the best, above expectations. Thank you for everything you guys do.
SSgt Armand L. Mayville Jr. (AJ)
I came home to get my life back together. But found myself drinking and fighting everyone around me. In 2006, I gave up and began to seek help through the VA. They helped me some, but I want to tell you, the fellowship with the other vets was more help to me than what was taught.
This is where Project Healing Waters came in. They hooked me up with some of the best friends ever. We learned to cast, tie flies and even make our own rods. The thing about PHW is there are so many things to do. You can stay busy doing things all the time. I spend hours on end tying flies at my makeshift fly stand.
The PHW will go to great lengths to teach you any and all aspects of fly fishing. And take you as a group fishing. All you need is the will to get better through PHW and fellow veterans like yourself. Believe me when I tell you, that the other vets have your back"!
-Delta Dan Whittaker, PHW Member
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