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#11109919 - 09/17/15 02:30 PM One Veteran, One Volunteer
Lloyd5 Offline
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Registered: 06/02/14
Posts: 557
Loc: Bosque County, Texas
I think this photo sums up what North Texas Healing Waters (NTXHW) is all about. The man on the left is a wounded combat veteran, the one on the right is a volunteer guide. NTXHW organizes the outings and provides the veterans with transportation, food, lodging, equipment and volunteer guides to show them the how and where of the fly fishing. But what you feel from looking at the photo, what I feel anyway, is a peacefulness of mind that comes from the close companionship of these two out in the water where they are seeking something far more than just catching a fish. To me, this photo says it all.
Texas State Editor: FishExplorer

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#11110338 - 09/17/15 06:58 PM Re: One Veteran, One Volunteer [Re: Lloyd5]
winchester44 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/07
Posts: 900
Loc: Fort Worth
In the summer of 1941 Royal Air Force Sergeant James Allen Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross for climbing out onto the burning wing of his Wellington bomber at 13,000 feet over Germany. He used a fire ax, a piece of canvas and his bare hands to extinguish a raging fire coming from starboard engine. Secured only by a rope around his waist, and despite receiving severe burns to his hands and face, he managed not only to smother the fire but was able to successfully return along the wing to the aircraft’s cabin. His incredible exploit undoubtedly saved the aircraft and likely the lives of 5 other crew members.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill, summoned the shy young New Zealander to 10 Downing Street. Ward, struck dumb with awe and embarrassed by his disfiguring burns found himself unable to answer the prime minister’s questions. Churchill surveyed the unhappy hero with some compassion. “You must feel very humble and awkward in my presence,” he said.

“Yes, sir,” managed Ward.

“Then you can imagine how humble and awkward I feel in yours.”

#11111542 - 09/18/15 10:15 AM Re: One Veteran, One Volunteer [Re: Lloyd5]
Jerry Hamon Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 7381
Loc: Van Alstyne, TX USA
It is therapeutic for both the Veteran and the Volunteer

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#11111981 - 09/18/15 01:25 PM Re: One Veteran, One Volunteer [Re: Lloyd5]
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3306
Loc: Brenham, TX
Outstanding post and picture Lloyd. It really does capture the essence and draws emotion thumb


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