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 Ken Van Gilder at (home) 610-873-9335 or (cell) 610-883-3748, email kenvangilder@gmail.com. For the outpatient group, contact Jay Breneman at 610-613-3079, e-mail vfphwwestbradford@gmail.com or Dave Riggio at 484-225-0452, e-mail david.riggio@projecthealingwaters.org.

Our Project Healing Waters Royersford program is underway. Regular volunteers include Project Lead Charles Speakman, Assistant Project Lead Thad Nowakowski, Pete Hughes, Ken Leung, Bob Klinger, and Dave Riggio. Tying and local fishing are featured. The Royersford group meets on the second, third, and fourth Monday each month at the VFW on 4th street in Spring City, 6:00-9:00 pm.  If there is a fifth Monday, they generally go fishing.  To find out more, contact Charles at sargeoutdoors@gmail.com

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