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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.


Matthew Leuthold – U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

When Did You Serve?

2005-2009

Project Healing Waters Program:

Rapid City, SD

How Long Have You Been Participating with Project Healing Waters?

2021 to present.

Why Did You Join Project Healing Waters?

I joined Project Healing Waters to share my passion for fishing with other Veterans. My wife and I moved to Rapid City, South Dakota from Athens, Ohio in July of 2021 and I became interested in learning to fly fish. I have been fishing for as long as I can remember, starting with my grandfather teaching me, and then moving on to my own fishing adventures. However, in all my days prior, I had not picked up a fly rod. Learning to fly fish has reshaped my love of fishing, greatly enhancing the experience. I appreciate what Project Healing Waters does for me and anticipate many wonderful fly fishing experiences.

What Is Your Favorite Activity With Project Healing Waters? Why?

Fishing! Fly tying is also very enjoyable, but most importantly, it is a true honor to share each of these experiences with my fellow Veterans.

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

I look forward to meeting new Veterans and growing our number of participants in the Rapid City Program.


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

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