Healing Waters Phoenix: Program uses fishing to help Valley veterans

PHOENIX - A unique program is helping veterans cope with post-traumatic stress and physical injuries and it all happens on the water.
 
Healing Waters uses fly fishing as therapy,  a new chapter just launched in Phoenix over the past year. 
 
"It is peace," said Debbie Dennis.  "It helps me focus and clear my mind."
 
Dennis is a Marine veteran who suffers from serious knee problems and PTSD.  
 
After her service she became addicted to drugs and found herself homeless.
 
She got help through the Veterans Hospital and just recently connected with Healing Waters.
 
"My stepdad said fly fishing was a way to relax," she said. Dennis made her own fishing pole that has a picture of her stepfather and a Marine Corp symbol on it.
 
Norm Johnson, who helps head up the effort, said they have about 300 vets in the program right now and dozens of volunteers. They hold recruitment events and classes at different times throughout the year. 

More information on Healing Waters can be found here  

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