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Mon., Aug. 29, 2011, 7:36 p.m.

Great catch: healing waters


The peaceful sounds of water lapping along the shore and the allure of fly-rods on an autumn evening serve as one excellent way for people who enjoy fishing to deal with the pressures of work. 
 (File Photo / The Spokesman-Review)
The peaceful sounds of water lapping along the shore and the allure of fly-rods on an autumn evening serve as one excellent way for people who enjoy fishing to deal with the pressures of work. (File Photo / The Spokesman-Review)

Many cultures believe in the healing power of water: most religious traditions use water as a primary symbol of new life, renewal, change, power. A program called Healing Waters has unique healing properties for our recovering veterans: through fly fishing.

 Started in the Washington, DC area, the program has expanded across the country to disabled veterans in our Department of Defense and Department of Veteran Affairs hospitals.

 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.  

"It really raised my self esteem, and it felt like I could do something, because lots of time we’re told we can’t do anything because we’ve got a mental illness.”  --California veteran

 (Spokesman-Review archive photo)




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