PHWFF is passionate about the people we help. That passion is shared by those whose lives are changed forever. Here are just a few of their stories.

SSG Wes Hodges, U.S. Army (ret)

CPT Eivind Forseth, U.S. Army (ret)


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“Project Healing Waters gave me a mission, a passion. Fly fishing has helped me unlock my core self and find myself again.”
CPT (ret) Andy Roberts, US Army
California Veteran
“Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing has been a Godsend for me and my family. I had become an agoraphobic and had some very extreme anger issues. This has always been a burden, not only to me but for my family as well. When I first heard of this project I was a little reluctant to get involved, but when I did reach out, I found the respite I did not know was possible. Here I found others who could empathize and relate to what I had gone through and what I was going through.”
CPT (ret) Kimberly Smith, United States Marine Corps
"Sometimes I find myself speechless when people ask me what Project Healing Waters has done for me because words are untouchable to what this program has given my life and others. PHWFF saved my life and I'm completely serious about that. That's why I want to do everything I can to give back even though I'm still in recovery myself"
Captain, US Army | Combat Wounded
“Project Healing Waters was something I found while at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, it intrigued me at the time. I thought my disabilities would limit my capabilities. My injuries make me disabled, but they're not going to be a disability and I picked up a fly rod and haven't put it down since."
“Just as a salmon run brings new life and rejuvenation to a river, rivers are bringing rejuvenation and recovery to Veterans all across the United States through Project Healing Waters."
SFC, USA Special Forces
United States Air Force Veteran
"I call fly tying therapy. I can tie for hours on end, because I'm the creator and there is no limit."
“You all saved my life. And I don’t say that lightly. This program has turned my life around and I want to be part of life again. I found hope on the river.”
SFC, Army Medic
“This program has done more for me than all the years of therapy the military has thrown my way. Counselling and therapy are great, but what PHWFF has done for me is literally life-saving.”
“I have extreme social issues and a very hard time interacting with people but the PHWFF volunteers were so awesome and made me feel so comfortable and welcome that I actually came out of my shell for the first time in years and met some of the best people I have ever met in my life.”
Participant, Jefferson Barracks, St Louis