Weatherby's Hosts Veterans
- By: Fly Rod and Reel
Weatherby's Lodge in Grand Lake Stream Maine and several guides donated their time, food and lodging to a group of disabled Maine Veterans this past week. Several of the Vets fly fished for salmon in Grand Lake Stream for two days while others spent a glorious day fishing on Big Lake for spawning smallmouth bass as part of a national movement to support our troops that have been injured while on active duty. Project Healing Waters - www.projecthealingwaters.org has been around for a number of years now and works to get our service men and woman out fly fishing in several regions of the country. This is the second year Weatherby's has hosted a group of Maine Veterans and lodge owner/guide Jeff McEvoy says it is one way he can give back to our troops. "I never served in the military although many of my classmates in school did and my father served in the Navy. Weatherby's hosts many active and retired military and hosted for many years General Jimmie Doolittle, who became famous for his daring aerial raid of Tokyo from an aircraft carrier during WWII. Hosting Project Healing Waters and our Maine Vets is the least we can do to give back to these folks." Guide Wilson Bullard enjoyed his time with the Vets on Grand Lake Stream. "As a new guide to the region, this is a great way for me to gain experience and I enjoyed being able to help the Vets catch fish for the first time."
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. SM
Mission Statement and 501(c)(3)
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, INC. (PHWFF) was founded in 2005 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), with the help of local Trout Unlimited (TU) and Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) volunteers. Our mission: Assist in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.
PHWFF provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, and fly tying instruction for wounded personnel, ranging from beginners to those with prior fly fishing experience, who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. While initially focused on military personnel in the Washington, DC area, PHWFF has expanded and is offering its services to active military personnel and veterans in military and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the nation. Currently, over 70 such programs have been established in the U.S. and Canada.
Since its inception, PHWFF has been helping disabled active duty personnel and veterans to overcome the obstacles associated with their military service-related disabilities. The relearning of the fine motor skills required in fly fishing and fly tying has proven to be particularly effective in the overall rehabilitation of the disabled.
While PHWFF emphasizes the skills of fly fishing and fly tying to help the patients regain the use of their damaged bodies, perhaps the greatest benefit is in their realization that a more normal life is possible. Fly fishing can be a lifelong re-creation, both physically and emotionally.
PHWFF partners directly with fly fishing oriented organizations such as the FFF and TU. Within local clubs and chapters, volunteers, working with hospital staff, donate their time to teach the various skills involved in the sport of fly fishing to Project participants. PHWFF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity incorporated in the State of Maryland, is dependent on tax-deductible financial donations and the help of numerous volunteers to meet the educational, training, equipment, transportation, and related outing needs of the participants. PHWFF strives to effectively serve its deserving participants, who have made great sacrifices in the service of our Nation.
All Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing activities are dependent on tax deductible financial donations under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. The organization is incorporated in the state of Maryland.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. strives to effectively serve the deserving past and present members of our armed forces who have made great sacrifices in the service of our Nation.
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