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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Project Healing Waters

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 sixth annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing event, in cooperation with the Big Moore's Run Fish and Game Preserve, Tuesday May 21 through Friday May 24. 

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

We are proud to dedicate this year’s event in honor of all World War II veterans and are working with the local American Legion and VFW’s to invite all local WWII veterans to participate in our guests 40 mile motorcycle escort/parade through Potter County. Every year we create a CD of the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing event and send a copy to each of the participants. What this experience has meant to previous guests is best exemplified by a quote from a thank you note we received from one of this past years disabled veteran participants:

“I don’t know how to thank-you…the CD was out of this world. I never enjoyed myself as much as I did at your Project Healing Waters outing. And to be able to look back at this trip…it is the most emotional thing that has ever happened to me! God bless all of you for what you do. IT has made a difference in my life. THANK YOU!”

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. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

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