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Great catch: healing waters

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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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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