Veterans find healing through fly fishing
Ten Alaska servicemen and women are back from an epic fishing trip of a lifetime with stories to tell and fillets for the freezer.
“I brought back silvers. Even got a chance to fish for Northern Pike,” said Marcos Rico.
Rico retired from the U.S. Army two years ago. He was one of the people selected to spend four days at the Wilderness Place Lodge near Skwentna. All expenses were paid by the Kinross Gold mining company and Trout Unlimited.
“It shows appreciation for what we did during our service to the United States and for a lot of people it's another way to give back,” said Francesca Wright who retired from the U.S. Air Force.
The group members are also part of Project Healing Waters which aims to provide emotional rehabilitation through fly fishing.
Rico served four tours of duty and said he was diagnosed with PTSD and traumatic brain injury. He finds fly fishing therapeutic.
“It allows you to concentrate on what you're doing. With fly fishing, it's you, the water and the fish so your mind really focuses on that and takes the focus off of other things that would be bothering you,” Rico said.
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