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Cpl (ret) Mike Oreskovic, U.S. Army
The Veterans of Project Healing Waters Kansas City, MO
Disabled Veterans Help Each Other Heal Through Fly Fishing
Casting a Lifeline: Everyday Heroes
While I am Here: The Legacy Project - Healing Waters
Project Healing Waters ESPN
Cpl (ret) Mike Oreskovic, U.S. Army"This is fun, I could do this all day.....for the rest of my life!" - Cpl (ret) Mike Oreskovic, U.S. Army PHWFF Programs use a wide-assortment of adaptive fly fishing equipment with those participants who are adjusting to their new abilities. One such item is the Franco Vivarelli reel featured in this short film. It's a semi-automatic hand-crank reel system, meaning that with one-hand an angler can control the rod and the retrieval of line using its clutch system. It builds confidence and access for those participants who may be missing a limb or who are partially paralyzed. (Video : SJ Hasty Creative Media)
The Veterans of Project Healing Waters Kansas City, MOThis beautiful short film features the Kansas City, MO Program, the veterans it serves, and serves to highlight our unique form of therapy. The film in it's entirety is scheduled to be shown on KCPT, channel 19, in Kansas City on December 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm. Our deepest thanks to Dave Simmons for producing this outstanding video!
Disabled Veterans Help Each Other Heal Through Fly FishingIn 1968, Edward Veaudry was drafted to the US ARMY and during his service he transported over 400 deceased GI’s to Saigon where they were taken home to US soil. Years after his own return, Ed joined Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), an organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing. He now works with other disabled veterans in PHWFF programs as the Northern NY Regional Coordinator. In 2005, PHWFF began by serving the wounded returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It has since expanded nationwide, establishing its highly successful program in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. PHWFF has become recognized as an innovative leader and model in the field of therapeutic outdoor recreation for the disabled, through its successful application of the sport of fly fishing as a rehabilitation tool. Since their founding, over 10,000 disabled veterans have participated in PHWFF programs thanks to over 4,000 volunteers who have dedicated over 1.7 million hours of their time.
Casting a Lifeline: Everyday HeroesFirst Sergeant Ira Strouse (Ret.) and Project Healing Waters take disabled veterans fly-fishing as a therapeutic escape from the battle scars of war. He began his experience as a participant, but found the program so transformative that once his therapy was through, he knew he had to do more. From the surfer who gives special children a reason to smile, to the Ford dealer who leaves his job to fight a fire, there are people around us who go further every day. Ford salutes all owners, dealers and employees who embody the meaning of Go Further.
While I am Here: The Legacy Project - Healing WatersAfter 30 years in the Navy and 10 years in private industry, Ed Nicholson was diagnosed with cancer. He was in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering when injured vets began coming back from Iraq. Nicholson realized there was something he could do to help them cope with their mental and physical issues. Armed with a fly fishing rod, Ed began to teach people to cast on the front lawn of the hospital and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing was born. The project now takes veterans out onto the water to fly fish, but most importantly build relationships that will last for a lifetime. The Project has grown to 178 programs in 50 States.
Project Healing Waters ESPNProject Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.