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Project Healing Waters

Valley Forge Project Healing Waters (VFPHW) is a Veterans Services partnership between Valley Forge Chapter of Trout Unlimited (VFTU) and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF). The program is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

Participating disabled veterans at the Coatesville VA Medical Center can take advantage of clinics in the basics of fly fishing, fly casting, and fly tying. These clinics are available to participating disabled veterans ranging from beginners who have never fished before, to those with prior fly fishing and tying experience. Fly fishing outings to local streams and lakes are also part of the VFPHW program.

Volunteers from VFTU, Brandywine Trout and Conservation Club (BTCC), West Chester Fish, Game, and Wlidlife Ass’n (WCFGWA), Dame Juliana League, and Main Line Fly Tyers provide their time and expertise every Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. at the CVAMC for inpatients of this facility.  Another group of volunteers serve outpatients on the first and third Monday of each month at the West Bradford fire company.

While we have two groups of great volunteers, there is always room for more instructors in fly tying, rod building, fishing tactics, and even just tellers of tall tales.  For info on the inpatient program, contact Matt Seymour at 484-678-1652.  For the outpatient group, contact Jay Breneman at 610-613-3079, e-mail jl49b@yahoo.com, or Dave Riggio at 484-225-0452, e-mail driggio@msn.com.

For more information on Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing click here: www.projecthealingwaters.org