CLAYTON — Military families with wounded warriors and anglers with a passion for fly fishing will be able to learn more about Project Healing Waters at the Clayton-1000 Islands Gun & Sportsmen Show on Aug. 16 and 17 at Cerow Recreation Park Arena, 615 East Line Road.
The nonprofit Project Healing Waters began at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Wounded soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan learned how to tie fishing flies and were paired with volunteers on fishing trips to promote physical and mental healing. Donations cover all of the costs for fly-tying supplies, fishing gear and trips. There are no administration costs.
The project works with active duty, retired military, combat veterans and veterans with non-combat-related injuries and conditions. There are more than 100 chapters across the U.S.
Trent Myer leads the outreach for the Project Healing Waters chapter started at Fort Drum in 2008.
Mr. Myer works with volunteers and angling groups across New York state to develop fishing opportunities for Project Healing Waters participants.
Show hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for military with ID; children under 12 enter free. For show information, call Tom Neely, 482-4596, or Bud Baril, 686-2832.