11/12/2016I had the opportunity and privileged to be a part of Project Healing Waters again this year to guide a Veteran for his first steelhead experience. This event happens every year and put together by Skip Hughes, Pennsylvania Regional Coordinator, and his staff. In all there were around 30 Vets who participated from New York, Pennsylvania and even as far south as West Virginia on the Lake Erie tributaries. With enough volunteers to guide and help out these war veterans, it turned out to be a joyous time for them. Many thanks to Jim at Foley's End Campground, in Girard , PA., for letting us hold this event on his grounds.
We had stream access to ourselves thanks to the land owners of private waters. Many gifts and prizes were donated by a lot of interested businesses as well as gifts donated by special individuals. The whole event was catered with BBQ chicken, ribs and all the fixings.
Lazar engraved to a lucky Marine
I had the pleasure of guiding for a Vet, Dave, from West Virginia. Having never fished for steelhead it was a great experience to put him on fish. It took a little while for him to land his first one but he accomplished his dream. Here are a few of the Photo's of Dave and his experience.
Pictures are worth a thousand words so no story needs to be told otherwise. Emotions and joy are seen in the following pictures of the other vets and guides who participated in the event.
Thanks to all veterans for fighting for our country and to make the U.S. of A. the greatest country on earth.