On September 18, 2014 John Kovach of Yankee Fisherman Radio welcomed Project Healing Waters CEO Ellen Killough, and Project Healing Waters COO David Folkerts as guests on his weekly show.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc (PHWFF) recently partnered with the Trout Unlimited Veterans Service Project to provide a fly fishing trip for 8 PHWFF participants to Yellowstone Park’s famed Slough Creek. Veterans from the conflicts in Vietnam to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan attended this memorable trip lead by volunteers Alan Folger (TU VSP), Dave Kumlien (Western Coordinator TU VSP) and Jo and Jim Borowski.
From July 27 - August 2, six PHWFF participants headed to Kodiak, AK for a memorable and restorative few days. Kodiak is mostly a US Coast Guard town, and Vic Laird, the trip’s host, is active duty US Coast Guard. Mr. Laird and fellow volunteers from the US Coast Guard Association have continuously shown dedication, hard work, and passion in supporting PHWFF participants over the past 5 years hosting this annual trip. The local community provides a tremendous amount of support, through donations of their time and services, which truly helps in making this trip special. It’s hard to come by a more patriotic group of individuals!
The participants on this trip stayed at the local Best Western in Kodiak, AK, with guides arriving each morning to pick-up PHWFF participants for fishing each day of the trip. Surrounding Kodiak are numerous rivers available for fishing. The volunteer guides used their knowledge and talents in deciding the day’s options. Fishing opportunities included opportunities to catch Dolly Varden, Rainbow trout, Pink Salmon, and King Salmon in the Oles River, American River, Buskin River, and Buskin Lake.
Kodiak Alaska is a very remote location, but the hosts are the best that the Coast Guard has to offer and took great care of the PHWFF participants attending.
As part of its Worldwide Grant Program, the MDRT Foundation recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Project Healing Waters-Fly Fishing, Inc (PHWFF). MDRT Foundation, MDRT Past Presidents Paul R. Buckley, Sr., JD, CU, ChFC and Philip Harriman, CLU, ChFC, presented this grant to Admiral Gregory Johnson, US Navy (ret) representing PHWFF on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the Togus VA Maine Healthcare System. The grant is currently supporting the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through the PHWFF program
Today we remember not only loss, but remarkable bravery, sacrifice, and all those who heeded the call in the defense of our nation.
We are pleased to announce Tycoon Tackle as a great new supporter of PHWFF! Our sincere thanks to Tim O’Brien and the entire Tycoon Tackle team for their support of our mission and their dedication to healing those who serve.
The “E” glass fly-rod is designed for superb performance anywhere. This fishing rod is named for “The E” of Excellence as recognized by the various military branches throughout the decades. Tycoon Tackle has a long association with the military services of our country and they have chosen to assist the men and women who have borne the battle with a $100.00 contribution from the purchase from each fishing rod sold going directly to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.
We are happy to announce that Tycoon Tackle is a new addition to the "Purchase Gear to Help PHWFF" section of our website and proudly introduce their series of rods aptly named, "The E." Our continued sincere thanks to Tim O’Brien and the entire Tycoon Tackle team for their support of PHWFF.
What began as a single Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2005 has grown to 177 Programs in 50 states and Puerto Rico with affiliates in Canada and Australia. This year more than 2,500 volunteers will engage over 6,000 participants nationwide. Program numbers are growing fast too, bring fly fishing to more veterans and active military than ever before.
We want to increase the number of participants in our Programs to 10,000 over the next three years. To make this a reality we are producing a series of speaking engagements and dinners across the country to raise funds and awareness for what we do. Healing on the Fly, a new event in New York City, will be held Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park. We hope you will join and support us!
A message from CEO Ellen Killough
It is our pleasure to introduce Megan Pierce and Sherry Santana as the newest members of the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. team. Ms. Pierce will be assuming the role of "Chief Program and Administrative Officer" and Ms. Santana will become the new "Development Coordinator." Please join us in welcoming them to our team!
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
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