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Project Healing Waters Targets Wounded Iraq War Vets

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – A national program that delivers therapeutic recovery to wounded American war veterans is now in Buffalo.

Three years ago, Captain Ed Nicholson was working with wounded men and women at Walter Reed. That is when he decided to take them fly fishing. Nicholson thought an outdoor program would be beneficial in their recovery.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on Project Healing Waters.

Click the "listen" icon above to hear Eileen Buckley' story now or use your podcasting software to download it to your computer or iPod. [Cart No: 0904-EN.wav Time: 14s Out-cue: to every day living] U-S Army Captain Eivind (Ah-vind) Forseth lost the use of his right hand after he was hit by a road side bomb in Iraq. Forseth says he was reluctant to fly fish while recovering from his injury... [Cart No: 0904-EF-2.wav Time: 12s Title: 0904-EF-2 Out-cue: other issues] But after much encouragement from doctors and his mom, Forseth gave it a try. He says it was very effective mental therapy... [Cart No: 0904-EF-1.wav Time: 14s Out-cue: came alive again] Some Veteran Administration hospitals in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Washington State and now Buffalo host Project Healing Waters. This past weekend 20 soldiers fished at Sturgeon Point in Angola. Pam Kaznowski is a recreational therapist at Buffalo's V-A hospital... [Cart No: 0904-Pam.wav Time: 10s Out-cue: are there] The Lake Erie Chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers will continue the effort locally.