Fisheries & Fish Industry

Fishing Trip Honors Veterans

Fishing Trip Honors Veterans

TISHOMINGO, OK — Some of our country’s finest were honored today with a little fun filled fishing trip.      

“I spent 30 years in the navy.”

“I was in the United States Marine Corp. in 1972 through 1978.”

“I was wounded severely in Iraq in 2002.”

These men served our country until they were wounded, either physically or emotionally.

Today, they spent time together on the Blue River in Tishomingo, sharing stories, and throwing out a few lines.

“You’re out there in the middle of nature near the water and its quiet sometimes and you listen to the sounds and it’s enjoyable and you forget about a lot of stressors of normal everyday life and that’s the good part about it,” Iraq veteran, Bill Schulze says.   

Iraq veteran and founder of project healing waters, Lew Buckwall says fly fishing is more than just a sport but a therapy.

“Fly fishing is what was very instrumental in my healing process so once I got to where I could do it; I decided this is what I wanted to do with my life,” Project Healing Waters founder, Lew Buckwall says.

This is the third year the group has put on this annual fishing trip, serving more than 300 veterans to date.

“It’s probably the most peaceful thing I have ever done, and I believe it’s a good medicine for people,” Vietnam veteran, Barry Shrader says.

The men were able to enjoy each other’s company, relax, and listen to one of their youngest supporters serenade them.

Some of the veterans, who were supposed to join the group today, weren’t able to make it; after they were in a car accident on their way to the event.

We’re told they were taken to the hospital, but they’re all expected to be okay.

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