Healing Waters Fly Fishing Veteran’s Program

Every month in Abington, Virginia veterans from ten counties in Southwest Virginia get together at the United Way of Southwest Virginia, and build fishing rods as part of the Healing Waters Fly Fishing program.
The Healing Waters group usually meets on the third Tuesday of each month and they are always look for new members and new volunteers. There’s no obligation and no cost to join, and they are dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. No matter what reminders of war veterans might have, they can learn how to fish and ties flies with adaptive equipment available.
James Christian the man who started the international program in Southwest Virginia said, “When you put veterans together who can understand what each other are going through, and then we put them out there in nature, it’s just a healing process.”
Christian further stated that, “If a person only has one hand, or one arm, we can teach them how to fish. We can teach them how to tie flies. We have adaptive equipment.” Another benefit is that when the disabled veterans work with their hands it helps them to attain and increase their mobility.
Interest individuals who’d like to find out more may contact Christian at jaschristian1949@gmail.com and by phone at 276-312-0080 or click the link on our website http://www.projecthealingwaters.org/

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