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Peace and Calm: Wounded Vets and the Power of Fly Fishing

When America’s wounded vets, physical or otherwise, come home, peace can be difficult to find.

There is an outdoor activity that almost always provides peace and calm—fly fishing.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing teaches wounded vets how to fly fish. Ed Nicholson started the organization about 12 years ago. The Navy veteran was in Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Md., when the idea came to him.

During his time at the hospital, Nicholson say wounded soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq. “I am going to go out and fish,” he says. “I bet some of these guys would like to join me.”

Today, the organization has more than 200 chapters. Participants praise the program because fly fishing gets them away from negative thoughts. It provides calm and relaxation.

Are you one of America’s wounded vets, or do you know one? Click here to find a chapter in your area.

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Peace and Calm: Wounded Vets and the Power of Fly Fishing