The Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing South Florida Program and The Herman Lucerne Memorial Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, the Vantage Point Foundation, and the Veterans Administration will conduct the “Backcountry Purple Heart/Disabled Veterans Slam III”, an annual two-day fishing venue, to be held August 21-23, 2018 at Flamingo in Everglades National Park, for 30 active duty/retired wounded and disabled veterans, in order to assist in their medical recovery and rehabilitation. These participants will be coming together to form a cadre of comrades and share in an adventure they will remember for years to come.

A day on the water with comrades who share the scares of battle can only reinforce the gains of medical treatment for the mind, body, and spirit of those who sacrificed so much. You can help support this remarkable annual event and provide a-lifetime experience for a veteran who has made great sacrifices for our nation.

I want to thank you and everyone who was involved with this Amazing program. I did not know any of the other wounded Vets, but the minute we all met, it was a constant sense of relief meeting one of my fellow brothers and sister and knowing that there are at least 13 other people who will not look at you or treat you differently because of our disabilities and unfortunate experiences. A brotherhood was instantly formed. You guys brought all 14 of us to an area where we could forget the past for even just a little and have a normal life enjoying the paradise that the big man above created and not be judged. I cannot wait to have more of my brothers and sisters who have walked the unfortunate path come down to the Everglades so that we can share and emulate the amazing time that we had. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again and to help make this program become an even bigger success. We thank you all from deep inside…. “BZ” – Senior Chief Lester Cruz Yogi USN (Ret.) (participant in the 2017 Backcountry Purple Heart/Disabled Veterans Slam)

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