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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

You Can Help Fund Local Program For Vets

2nd Annual "Project Healing Waters "
--Photo courtesy of Mark Nale

Guide Carl Sprouse (left) and Gods Country Trout Unlimited chapter president Pete Ryan (right) poses with a trout landed by Vietnam veteran Jerry Sagan (center) at the 2008 Project Healing Waters at Potter County's Big Moore's Run Fish and Game Preserve.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, initiated and conducted by members of the Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited, serves military personnel who have been wounded, injured, or disabled to aid their physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly fishing and fly tying and by using and enjoying these skills on fishing outings and as lifelong recreation.

While initially focusing on the military personnel in the Washington, DC area, the Project has expanded nationwide and is offering its services and program to active military personnel and veterans in the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals throughout the country.

The Project's program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting and fly tying classes and clinics for the wounded and injured personnel ranging from beginners to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities.

All activities and services are provided to the participants at no cost. Fly fishing and tying equipment and materials are provided to the participants, including equipment that accommodates their special needs.

The God's Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its second annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing event, in cooperation with the Big Moore's Run Fish and Game Preserve, Tuesday June 16 through Friday June 19.

While our chapter has enough volunteer members to provide the instruction, equipment and guide services for the 15 individuals from the Erie, Buffalo and Batavia V.A. Hospitals, we are soliciting donations to offset the cost of food, lodging, fly tying tools and materials.

The success of last years event is exemplified by a quote from a letter we received from one of the wounded veteran participants:

“What an absolutely wonderful trip. I didn't realize that I was going to God's country with all the
special angels to take care of me when I originally said yes to attending. God bless each and every one of you for all the friendship, love, and support you leant; words cannot express how much enjoyment you have given me!

Please join in the enthusiasm we feel and help provide a unique outdoor and healing experience for our wounded war veterans in the peaceful setting of God's Country.

If you consider this event worthy of your support, please forward your tax deductible contribution to the God's Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited – Project Healing Waters, Box 702, Coudersport, Pa. 16915.


Anonymous said...

Great Job pete and company!! Brad Jones

Anonymous said...

this is wonderful!!
Also- for all you motorcycle riders, if you have the afternoon free, meet us all at the Coudy Legion Post 192 @ noon, to ride to Shinglehouse to meet up w/ the Veterans to escort them to Coudy & then onto Big Moores Run.
Hope to see you all Tuesday.

Unknown said...

You are an awesome man Pete and a great brother too. Clearly you are blessing others with a gift that God has given you. I'm proud of you. Have a wonderfully successful Healing Waters event and may God bless all that attend and support the event. Love Ei

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