What We Do
“Fishing is freedom. It is as simple as that. Once out of that no wake zone and you hear that engine gaining RPMs an unexplainable feeling comes over you. All the weight you carry is left on land. The same land where that stress was created, that anxiety, all the pain you feel in the depths of your soul is gone. The wall you have raised and hardened over the years is now down and you remember what it’s like to feel no pain, you feel happiness for the first time in what seems like years.”
Studies show that fishing can lower PTSD symptoms and increase the mood of those who suffer from the disorder. After three days, fishing participants reported a 32 percent reduction in guilt and a 43 percent decrease in feelings of hostility. The feeling of fear was also reduced by 30 percent, and sadness dropped by 36 percent. A portion of these positive effects remained even a full month after the fishing retreat.
It does not stop with just feeling better or opening up to the process of healing. After you regain control of your mind, heart and body you have to clean up the debris left from the storm. A lot of people neglected their bills, homes, relationships, etc. This is all hard enough to navigate alone, but veterans are expected to do so while maintaining a job and learning how to deal with the whirlwind of emotions that are still there. We will provide free fishing trips to veterans suffering from PTSD as well as resources to help veterans succeed.
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All donations go directly to fund fishing trips and other support for veterans.