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Aug. 17, 2009

Wounded Warriors Will Fly Fish on the Salmon River

Donations Needed for 'Project Healing Waters' Event --

PULASKI - Once again this year, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing will host a group of wounded and disabled veterans on the Salmon River for a unique fall fishing experience. On Sept. 18 through 20, the group of 12 to 20 wounded warriors will pair up with guides and mentors to fly fish for fall run salmon.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the physical and emotional recovery of wounded or disabled veterans through teaching fly fishing and fly tying skills, and through fly fishing outings.

“Last year we had many local businesses and organizations step up and volunteer catering, lodging, equipment and monetary donations that helped to make the event a huge success. We're looking for that, and more this year,” said Fred Kuepper, Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator for PHWFF. “People and businesses in Oswego County are always willing to help others, and what better way to do so than for our vets?”

Individuals and businesses that would like to help sponsor this year's event should contact Kuepper by

“This is an amazing program that creates a win-win situation for our vets and our communities,” said Kuepper. “Anyone that gets involved will quickly find out that programs like this are as therapeutic as they are fun. We are grateful to the NYSDEC and the Tug Hill / Black River Chapter of Trout Unlimited to help make things like this happen. It's a concerted effort to pull this together and make it successful,” he added.

With programs set up throughout the country, Kuepper said, the local Oswego County chapter “stands proud in its efforts to bring wonderful opportunities to area vets who face the challenges of their wounds received while in service.”

The Oswego County chapter will also hold local fly tying and fly fishing instructional classes for challenged vets in the upcoming months. Classes will be held throughout the year and will be ongoing, on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. They are free to the vets, and will feature top-notch instructors in a very relaxed setting. For information, contact Kuepper.

For information on Project Healing Waters, visit the Web site at www.projecthealingwaters.org.

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