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Written by Brad   
Thursday, 04 August 2011 19:24

Attached are pictures of two young vets that I took fishing on Sunday.  They are great guys to fish with and I learned a lot about the human spirit.

One lived through 15 IEDs and the other lived through 12 - most without  "breaking skin" (he has two purple hearts) - they are enthusiastic about fly fishing and have more guys over in the valley that could use it.

Talking to one (Mike) he was saying that the big trips (Montana & Belize) while great were a little much especially with disabilities but the day or two trips are great - especially with other vets around the fire at night where they can bond with - (I think that is a term for telling fishing lies).

Lloyd and I fished Davis last week - he hadn't caught a bass that big in Oregon, he was from Texas and still has a little twang at times.  Sunday we fished Crane Prarie - we didn't do much, but did see one boat catch a true lunker at the mouth of Cultus River (that is the fishing report part of this).  Lloyd is also an awesome photographer and has taken some truly great photographs of fishing.

This is just to let you know there are opportunities out there, if anybody finds themselves with an open seat or place by the river...............

Brad Emery - Central Oregon Project Healing Waters

 
Our first outing at Lake In The Dunes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 15 May 2011 08:41

How do you put a value on bringing a new activity like fly fishing into someone's life who has spent the better part of their formative years learning to survive in the remote areas of the world as a soldier?  What can you do to help these veterans who have bled with their brothers in service to our country in far away lands?  Central Oregon Project Healing Waters discovered the answer to both of these questions on Wednesday April 11th by bringing a group of veteran's out to Lake In The Dunes to meet our host Steve Scott at his wonderful lakes to bring the smile you can see on the face of our new friend to the left.

While I have been helping this organization from its beginning here in Central Oregon, I have often wondered what would happen when we finally got some of our vets out fishing on the fly.  Would they take to it? Would they get frustrated? Could we even make a difference in their lives?  I think every day about the smiles we generated that day, and all the work it took us to put it together dissolves into the mist.  You can't put a price on that look when they get their first hook up and land a fish.  I can only compare it to when you see a kid at his/her first birthday or christmas when they open their first present and the look of surprise and joy you can feel like a warm blanket surrounding you.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 May 2011 13:11
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How You Can Help PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 18 October 2010 13:37

There are several ways you can help Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.

  1. You can make a donation of cash here on our website in the Make a Donation section, or by mailing a check to:
    Central Oregon Project Healing Waters
    c/o Trout Unlimited
    16 NW Kansas, Bend, OR 97702.
    You will receive a donation acknowledgment letter.
  2. If you have used fly fishing equipment or materials that you would like to donate, you can contact the Regional Coordinator for your area via our website in the Contact Us section.  Your Regional Coordinator will be able to put you in touch with the program closest to you or one in need of your equipment.
  3. You can become a volunteer.  Here again you would contact the Regional Coordinator for your area via our website to get in touch with the program closest to you.
  4. If there isn’t a program in your area, start one.  There are some very basic steps to this, which are outlined in the next section.
  5. If there is no club, military or VA hospital in your area, you could organize a fundraiser.  We can provide support for that too.

Starting a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program
We’ll help you through the start-up process and beyond, but here are the basic steps involved in starting a program.

  1. Contact the Regional Coordinator for your area who will provide you with the Program Guide and other documents related to getting started, as well as contact information, support and advice.  A list of Regional Coordinators is available on the “Contact Us” page.
  2. Confirm that your fishing club is willing to supply the volunteers.
  3. Sign the Memorandum of Agreement to become part of the national organization.
  4. Educate yourselves about Project Healing Waters so that you can make an effective presentation to the military or VA hospital/facility in your area.
  5. Once they agree to host it, you next recruit participants and agree on a mutually acceptable schedule of classes and events.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 October 2010 08:22
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COPHW Meetings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brad   
Monday, 08 November 2010 22:20

Central Oregon Project Healing Waters is an organization that helps veterans and active duty Personnel unwind and reconnect through fly fishing and related activities.  Because rarely does anyone survive war unscathed, it is a way to say thank you and to help heal those who served.  Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc was founded in 2005 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with the help of local Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fisher’s volunteers.

We are starting a chapter here in Central Oregon.  Our local chapter meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Orvis store at the Old Mill,  320 S.W. Powerhouse Drive, and anyone interested is welcome to attend.  Those wishing to become involved, either as a participant or a volunteer, can contact Brad Emery at (541) 536-5799 or visit us at our web site – WWW.COPHW.org.

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 January 2011 19:19
 
Make a Donation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 18 October 2010 13:35

If you would like to make a donation to Central Oregon Project Healing Waters, you can do so from this page by sending your check or money order to the address listed below.  Your donation goes directly to our registered 501c3 account which is managed by the Deschutes Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  If you would like to use a credit card for your donation, you may do so by clicking here.

Checks and money orders may be sent to:
Central Oregon Project Healing Waters
c/o Deschutes Trout Unlimited
16 NW Kansas
Bend, OR 97702

If you would like a copy of our 501c3 information for your charitable donation to our organization, please use our Contact Us page and request it there.  Thank you for your time and consideration when making your donation.  We are proud to support our local veterans and need your help to make our programs successful.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 October 2010 08:34
 
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