Project Healing Waters helps veterans use fly fishing to heal

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BOZEMAN, MO, – Project Healing Waters fly fishing is holding its annual national fly casting competition in Bozeman today.

The top 14 veterans from across the country who have won their local and regional competitions will compete today at 8 a.m. to see who is the best of the best. The competition will take place at Kagy Fields on the Montana State Campus.

Project Healing Waters is more than just an annual competition, they help disabled and injured veterans throughout the year to give them a sense of community and support to recover from their experiences.

Many veterans can feel lost at home when they return from war, said Project Healing Waters chief operating officer David Folkers, who has helped him and thousands of other veterans. to heal mentally and physically after retirement.

“Being able to get veterans with disabilities together and do these group activities, it’s great for them to connect with each other. We don’t advertise it as a support group, but that’s really what it becomes for them, a support group,” Folkers says.

They have over 200 regional programs, including one here in Bozeman, that meet throughout the year to tie flies, build rods, learn, practice, and hit the river together.

Jim Wenger, who is the program manager at Bozeman, says they welcome anyone with a VA disability rating to come join their community here.

If veterans with disabilities are interested in joining Bozeman’s Project Healing Waters program, you can contact Jim Wenger ([email protected]) or a link to the website can be found here.

FOX28 Spokane©

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