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The PHW Spotlight is our way of shining a bright light on those members of our PHW family whose accomplishments and contributions inspire us all. 

These individuals, and their stories, are an essential part of the healing journey happening for Veterans across the country. Project Healing Waters transcends fly fishing and these Spotlights are a glimpse into what is happening throughout our programs. We are honored to share these with you each week.

Jim Garner – U.S. Army Veteran

When Did You Serve?

Drafted in 1969.

Project Healing Waters Program:

Long Beach, CA

How Long Have You Been Participating with Project Healing Waters?

4 years.

Why Did You Join Project Healing Waters?

I first learned of Project Healing Waters while attending the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, CA. While at their booth I spent about 30 minutes learning about PHW’s Mission, and what they do to assist Veterans in need. I learned that the organization is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of active military service personnel and Veterans in need through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. At the conclusion of the introduction, I inquired, how do I learn more? I was referred to the Long Beach Program Lead. After I spoke with the Program Lead, I was invited to one of their weekly meetings. During that meeting I learned of how extensive their program is, and all at no cost to the Veteran!

What Do You Look Forward To With Project Healing Waters In The Upcoming Year? Why?

I look forward to spending more time with all the activities! It is comforting and healing to be involved with such a wonderful group of Veterans who all served their Country in distant as well as recent conflicts. I have great appreciation for what I have learned, and the wonderful new friends that I have met through PHW.

The PHW Spotlight will publish each Friday morning on Learn more about this inspiring series HERE

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