It’s been a long time coming! After suffering from PTSD and Dissociative Amnesia (along with other war related problems) I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) has given me an alternative form of therapy. It doesn’t replace my doctors, but it makes a difference. By getting groups of veterans together for Fly tying and fishing, they have given people like me a whole new sense of peace that we haven’t felt for a long time. I know veterans that have hardly had a social life since serving in Vietnam that can’t wait to see the guys at the next event. Some of us do other things together as well. One of my friends from the group went to an Army football game with me this season at West Point. We had a group of friends with us and it was a great time.
Everything PHWFF does for us is free to us. They are nonprofit, only have a handful of people in the whole country that are not volunteers and rely on donors. As a participant, though I don’t have to, I want to give back. I volunteer whenever I can; promotions at Orvis, dinners for the cause, etc. I always try to be there for those who are there for me. I guess that once I chose to serve, I want to continue.
My store “Flies for Life” is going to be my way to give back. At the same time it will give me a chance to do something other than sitting at home alone feeling depressed all of the time. Making a few extra dollars will not hurt me. I don’t make that much on VA disability; believe me.
So, my plan for the business is to sell fly fishing supplies along with various other items. I will be selling manufactured flies and fly rods; but will also be custom wrapping rods, tying specialty and artistic flies as well.
I especially want to do as much as I can for Healing Waters to show them my appreciation. To start, 20% of all the proceeds of Flies For Life will be donated to them, as well as in-kind items such as flies, line, etc. As long as I am in business, I will continue to donate at least this. I would eventually like to do better, but I must have money to reinvest in inventory.
I want to make it clear, that I am in no way a representative of Healing Waters. I am just an appreciative participant. I am selling quality products at the best price I can to you, and at the same time you can know that part of your purchase has a higher purpose. I will feel a lot better about myself if I’m successful as well.
If you are not in the market for anything that I sell, but I have interested you in making a tax-deductible donation, or even joining PWFF, don’t go thru me. Just go directly to their site by clicking here.
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