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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.

We speak often on the power of camaraderie and connectedness in the healing process. So we’re delighted for this second half of a two-part Spotlight showcasing a prime example of this bond between a Veteran and volunteer (and fellow Veteran) from our Montrose, CO Program. We invite you to return to last week’s Spotlight to read about Veteran Mikael Madsen and his poignant words about the impact of Project Healing Waters and rod building on his own healing journey here.

Robert Day – Volunteer

Project Healing Waters Program:

Montrose, Colorado

How Long Have You Been Volunteering with Project Healing Waters?

5 years

What Inspired You To Volunteer with Project Healing Waters?

I’m a Navy Veteran and I wanted to help other Veterans.

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

I don’t really have a favorite activity, but the culmination of a Veteran catching a fish on a fly that they tied, with a rod they made, is probably the most satisfying.

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

The thing I look forward to the most is seeing the growth of Veterans, who go from beginning fly tying and learning to fly fish, to having the confidence that allows them to relax and have fishing, and only fishing, on their minds while on the river. Veterans can find peace while doing Project Healing Waters activities. For some it’s concentrating on tying a fly or building their own handmade bamboo fly rod. I look forward to whatever gives them peace. That’s my reason for volunteering for Project Healing Waters.

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

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