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Wounded Warriors Heal Through Fishing

The Wounded Warrior Project helped military service members relax and heal through a fishing weekend.
One of the most decorated soldiers since September 11th, 2001 holds up a catfish close to fifty pounds.Two other soldiers on the boat have matching large catfish. They are all apart of the Wounded Warriors hunting weekend.  

Ismael Villeags, one of the Wounded Warriors, says,"Well we are catching these big ole catfish here thanks to TP Outdoors Adventures. We get a chance to come out here to share in the commordorie by getting together with Wounder Warriors and service member to just have a good time."

The soldiers say getting out on the water is more than just a fun weekend as it gives them the chance to connect with people who have been through similar rough experiences while defending the country.

"Having the ability to get out here and swap stories. Since some of us are suffering from injuries and PTS or whatever the case may be and we get to share with each other our experiences and what we do to overcome some of these difficulties," says Villeags. 

A local veteran, who works closely with the Wounded Warrior Project and helps organize the outdoors activities for soldiers, says mother nature is one of the most powerful healing tools available.

John Nolan, a Wounded Warrior Volunteer, says, "I know what these guys need because nature works. You know God gave us all of this and we better use it. It heals us. It really does."

The soldiers agree saying the program has made a huge difference in their lives.

David Ibsen, a Wounded Warrior, says,"While you are out there deployed, there are plenty of times you miss home or feel a little homesick. Its always good to have some good memories from back home to remind you why you're out there."

They encourage anyone needing help to reach out to the program through Facebook
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