President: CWO Dale Stauffer
The Coast Guard CWOA Emerald Isle chapter volunteered to host Project
Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) journey in Kodiak, AK. The eventful
weekend included Emerald Isle Warrant Officer’s assisting in providing;
transportation for the wounded service members, volunteered their own boats
and tackle to accommodate off-shore fishing, and ATVs/UTV use to assist in
carrying the members to remote fly fishing sites on Kodiak island. The
weekend concluded with the CWOA hosting a fish fry dinner that included a
smorgasbord of fresh Alaskan fish and terrific reflection amongst everyone
on of the life long memories this trip had provided.
PHWFF began in 2005 serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed
Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since
then, PHWFF has expanded nationwide, establishing its highly successful
program in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and
Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics.
Project Healing Waters brings a high-quality, full-spectrum fly fishing
program to an ever-expanding number of disabled active military service
personnel across the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, in Military
Hospitals and the Warrior Transition Command. They focus their resources
wherever the need is greatest and expand our partner base in the process.
PHWFF has become recognized as an innovative leader and model in the field
of therapeutic outdoor recreation for the disabled, through its successful
application of the sport of fly fishing as a rehabilitation tool.