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WV veterans fish The Greenbrier as part of Project Healing Waters event

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Seven veterans from throughout West Virginia got to enjoy the world-renowned trout fishing of The Greenbrier as part of its first Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing event.

The national program was established nearly 10 years ago to help veterans in need learn fly-fishing skills, which includes tying flies and building rods as well as fishing.

Jacob Ott, director of Outdoor Pursuits at The Greenbrier Sporting Club, invited the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing team to fish Howard's Creek at the resort.

"Our current project for the veterans was to have them build their own fly rod," said Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing West Virginia Regional Coordinator Paul Moore. "The excitement was to have them finish their rods in time for this event and test out their rods.

"The achievement of building their rods with their own hands and bringing them to fish at The Greenbrier goes a long way — landing that one big trout can heal big wounds."

Ott said the veterans braved single-digit morning temperatures as well as a lot of snow for their fishing experience.

"They still went out and caught some really great fish, including a 24-inch rainbow, the largest catch over the two days," he said. "We were all honored to host this event and give back to veterans who've served our country."

Serenity Now Outfitters donated a gift bag for the event, and volunteers included Craig and Annhorner Truitt, who also provided sponsorship money as did Arlene and Mark Comora.