Healing Programs

Casting For Recovery

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Casting for Recovery was founded in 1996 in Manchester, Vermont, the unique brainchild of a breast cancer reconstructive surgeon and a professional fly fisher. CFR began as a local grassroots group with a big heart and an original national vision, and quickly received endorsements from medical and psycho-social experts for its innovative healing program model while at the same time provoking intense interest by national media.
Casting for Recovery was founded on the principles that the natural world is a healing force and that cancer survivors deserve one weekend — free of charge and free of the stresses from medical treatment, home, or workplace — to experience something new and challenging while enjoying beautiful surroundings within an intimate, safe, and nurturing structure. Visit Site»

Rivers of Recovery

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It is estimated that 400,000 to 600,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from psychological injuries. Another 320,000 returnees suffer from a probable Traumatic Brain Injury.* Research has shown that ¾ of these individuals receive minimal to no care. Data further demonstrates without treatment intervention these veterans are significantly more likely to suffer from substance abuse, get divorced, be unemployed, be homeless and commit suicide. Conversely, if healthy, our country’s veterans represent an unparalleled source of leadership, knowledge, talent and skills that can help build our country’s future.
The RAND Corporation estimates the socio-economic costs of psychological injuries of war to be $2.3-$3.1 billion per year.* This does not include medical costs, such as clinical and hospital visits or medication. Authors Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes estimate the total cost of medical care for veterans of the Iraq War is $1 trillion.

Besides their significant price tag, traditional forms of veterans’ rehabilitation suggest a trip to the doctor, loading up on a host of medications to simply mask the problem without truly treating it. To treat these rampant, costly and debilitating issues requires a new and effective approach – the approach taken by Rivers of Recovery. Visit Site»

Project Healing Waters

Project Overview

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.
While initially focusing on the military personnel in the Washington, DC area, the Project has expanded nationwide and is offering its services and program to wounded active military personnel and disabled veterans in Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals throughout the country.

The Project’s program provides basic fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying and rod building classes, along with clinics for wounded and injured personnel ranging from beginners to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience who are adapting their skills to their new abilities. All fly fishing and tying equipment is provided to the participants at no cost. Fishing trips, both one day and multi-day are also provided at no cost to the participants.

Project Healing Waters is unique in that our volunteers are teaching classes on an on-going, long term basis. It is much more than a one day fishing trip. For many participants, particularly disabled veterans, the socialization and camaraderie of the classes are just as important as the fishing outings, and provide them a new activity.

The Project relies on Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited, and independent fly fishing clubs to conduct the program at the DOD and DVA hospitals across the nation. The volunteer staff and outings leaders include experienced fly fishers and guides, all of whom donate their time and knowledge to support the Project participants.

In order to have a viable Project Healing Waters program, three groups must co-exist: a fly fishing club willing to provide the volunteers and organize the program, a DOD or DVA hospital willing to host the program, and wounded or disabled soldiers or veterans willing to participate. Because each of these groups is unique, no two Project Healing Waters programs will be exactly the same. Visit Site»