For the past two days, an organization called Project Healing Waters had set up a two day fishing trip for a group of Veterans. This organization was founded to give Veterans, and particularly veterans with minor disabilities a chance to be outdoors. A group of more than a dozen Veterans was brought out here to the Bitterroot Valley by Project Healing Waters, from all over the country. Not only fishing, but many other great activities and accomodations were set up for them. On the second day I had Dick and “Big fish Bob, in my boat, as the others had called him the day before. He lived up to his name by catching lots of fish throughout the day. Dick was a Veteran back in Vietnam, while Bob served four tours in Iraq, and was injured by an I.E.D blast. Sharpnel was embedded in his head, and as a result Bob now has slower reaction time. Thankfully the effects are not that serious, and Bob still holds a normal life, with a Wife and three kids back in Ohio. It was truly a humbling experience to fish with and get to know these guys, as they really are model citizens. Someone who risks their life unselfishly for their country should always have everyone’s respect. Overall it was a great day with good weather, good people, and good fishing.
Bob with a nice Cutthroat
Dick with a 20″ Bitterroot Brown on a dry
If you know a Veteran, be sure to thank them and tell them how much you appreciate their sacrifice. Listening to some of the Vietnam Veterans talk about how when they returned, the hippies held hate protests against them is sickening to me. Now a days we have people protesting at soldier’s funerals. Veterans are the ones who have defended our freedom, and allow us to live the way we do, people who don’t respect Veterans and our current Soldiers truly do not deserve to live in this great country. When we were having lunch yesterday, Bob said, “I think every American should serve in the Military, it really gives you a different perspective on life”. What a great quote.