In 2016, over 3,500 Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) volunteers helped over 7,400 disabled veterans and military personnel. Founded in 2005, PHWFF is a unique, community-based, nonprofit 501(C)(3) volunteer organization dedicated to the physical and psychological rehabilitation of injured active-duty military personnel and veterans with disabilities. This is accomplished through the therapeutic and rehabilitative benefits of fly fishing, patience and relationship-building. Participants include: active duty military, disabled veterans, Guard, and Reserve personnel with VA disability ratings. Whether wounded in combat, injured in vehicle or training accidents, or suffering debilitating illness, PHWFF serves all disabled veterans. Because of this, PHWFF is in a position to lead the way in helping today’s young disabled veterans throughout their lifetime.
FISH WITH A HERO is the name of events funded and put on by local volunteers to benefit worthy participants in Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) programs. Each year, top participants are selected from PHWFF programs nationwide to attend one of the FISH WITH A HERO events. 100% of the proceeds raised for these trips goes to pay the costs of the event. There are NO administrative or fundraising expenses paid out of these funds.
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"It enables the vets to get out, let their hair down, take their pack off and just be around fellow brothers and sisters. It keeps us from pondering. I can’t say enough about how positive it is."
"I’ve seen sunsets all around the world. As I crossed the equator one time the sunset was gorgeous…but never have I seen sunsets like this."
[From the 2014 Florida Keys Trip]
"The friendships established will last a lifetime."
"Was an awesome time together with a lot of great Veterans and Volunteers. Thanks to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing TN, Valley Region, and Fish With A Hero for enabling us Veterans to participate in such a positive and tranquil atmosphere with a lot of inspiring people."
"Thanks goes out to South Seas Resort for allowing us this opportunity. To the Volunteers assisting with the program, I salute y'all'. Thanks sincerely and look forward to seeing you all soon. The hospitality given goes beyond words can say."