Tying Flies and Building Rods!

Volunteer Matt Seymour shares the latest happenings with our Coatesville, PA Program

Last Wednesday evening our Program attracted 7 vets and 13 volunteers. The PTSD domicile continues to attract the most attendees. Others come from campus who are being treated primarily for substance abuse. Still others are in a program that provides special training for re-entry in the job market. Some of our gang lives in a domicile where a portion of their benefits provide them a living space, a place from which thy can hold a job and that provides meals. We’re grateful VAMC is caring for them all.
The gang his week was back at “work” tying flies and building rods. Somewhere near the beginning of March we’ll begin to get some casting lessons in. Right now its just to darn dark out between 6-8pm.

This is a woven nymph created by a show-off vet (a really big dime):

Ken with a saltwater fly pupil
A new guy (Joe) with the Ancient Mariner (Paddy)
Tim is getting started on his rod. Charlie Green is there to help him
Mr. R is well into his rod build with Ken Leung 
Argo seems to be underwhelmed by what’s going on
Fly reclamation?
Rick is becoming one of our quicker studies
So this week we said goodbye to Big Mike. Here he’s sitting with the Sage of South Dakota Ed Penry. Mike’s going home after building a fly rod which b entered into Project Healing Waters’ National Rod competition.  He’s affable, focused and a great add to any conversation. We’ll miss him but know its time for him to go home. Best of luck, Big Mike!

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