This year’s trip to West Yellowstone was the best one yet! Steve and Barbara Lafflam really out did themselves this year! Our trip started with a dinner sponsored by former Vice President Dick Cheney in Jackson, WY. Our program founder, Ed Nicholson, was on hand for the event as well. VP Cheney, an avid fly fisher himself, spent several hours with our participants taking time to speak with each person there. What a wonderful surprise!
From Jackson we continued on to West Yellowstone, MT to gather at the Lafflam’s home. This year, we had a surprise for them and the host of volunteers. Ed’s presence was the perfect opportunity to have a presentation of the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing’s PATRIOT AWARD! The Patriot Award is the highest award authorized by the PHWFF Board of Directors. It is presented to those who demonstrate exceptional support and dedication to the core values and mission of Project Healing Waters and our Nation’s disabled veterans.
Since 2014, Steve and Barbara, along with the volunteers who assist them, have provided their time and resources to serve and “give back” to the disabled veteran participants involved in PHWFF. They open their homes and organize community members to help each year. They also provide their own resources and enlist the support of community businesses gathering in-kind donations in order to support the annual trip. Click here to read the full citation >
The fishing was terrific! The gathering time for meals with friends even better.