Project Healing Waters: Giving Vets a Chance

The addictions, anger and depression that accompany many veterans aren’t well answered by traditional means, but over the past four years Project Healing Waters has proved that simply being on a trout stream can help wounded veterans take a few steps toward normalcy. Cindy Wolff writes about a recent PHW expedition on Arkansas’s White River, where the local Delta Trout Unlimited club worked with the Veterans Administration and $14,000 in private donations to arrange a week-long fly fishing experience. “Travis Dulaney keeps an Army-issue tin cup with him — a touchstone to remind him sometimes when he wakes from a drunken stupor that he’s alive. The 46-year-old who has had a few “come aparts” in his life, spent years trying to get put back together. He has prayed with Army chaplains in Georgia, walked in and out of detox, took 12 steps and then some, been on and off the wagon, in and out of jail.” On CommercialAppeal.com.

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  • Actually,
    $14k was the budget allocation from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.; the national parent organization for all Project Healing Waters local programs like this one that is sponsored by Delta Trout Unlimited in Memphis. In reality, thanks to many private and corporate donations from the Mountain Home area, the trip didn’t use up that entire budget. But this trip was a NATIONAL PHWFF trip, not a trip organized, sponsored, or funded by a local club.
    These Memphis reporters were adamant about putting a “Memphis only” spin on their story. But it was PHWFF national and the good folks of the Mountain Home, AR, area who made this trip possible.
    I know because I was the trip organizer/leader.
    Ken Morrow
    Lone Star Regional Coordinator
    http://www.projecthealingwaters.org

  • Douglas Dear

    Marshall– as always thank you for spreading the word of PHW. This was one of our most recent outings. We continue to grow PHW at a rapid pace across America. We now have nearly 50 operations going from coast to coast.
    Douglas Dear
    Chairman, Project Healing Waters

  • Marshall Cutchin

    Thanks for clearing that up, Ken, and for all the great work you are doing.
    Marshall