A few years back at Walter Reed Medical a doctor began using fly fishing, fly tying, and flyrod building as a form of therapy for wounded soldiers in the hospital. It worked, and it worked so well that it grew. Nationally it is called "Project Healing Waters". It spread until there are chapters in just about every state in the nation.
North Texas Healing Waters is a local chapter in the DFW area. So far we have served 209 veterans, and we're just getting started. We have a waiting list of veterans that runs close to 1,000. We're trying to grow so that we can serve more of them. We are purely volunteer run so 100% of what funding we get goes to helping veterans. No fees, no salaries, no overhead. 100% goes to the vets.
Check us out at: http://www.ntxhealingwaters.com/about.html
On our website you'll find Lew Duckwall's story. He was killed in the middle east, twice in fact. Well, he died twice on the operating table. It's a fascinating story and it is a story of heroism not just in war, but after being disabled and returning home. Lew started the North Texas chapter with his own savings because he wanted to give something to his fellow wounded veterans that he himself had been given - but read the story, it's brief and very interesting.