Heroes on the Water gave me an chance to decompress and find my center. Kayak Fishing gave me a chance to relax, it was the water, the sun, and nature that came together along with the friendship and fellowship of community that cares! It truly turned me around.
My son commented that he had seen a rebirth of the father that he loved and enjoyed being with. My wife commented that without Heroes on the Water, she was not sure how I would have transitioned during my retirement. HOW allowed me to find a passion that aided my transition.
Henry David Thoreau wrote, "Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." My Great Uncle came home from WWII and found serenity on the waters of Wisconsin, his son returned from Vietnam and told me the one thing that calmed him was fishing on the same ponds... I am following a family tradition. I give thanks to HOW for helping me capture freedom.
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I would include more Chapters supporting military personnel returning from the combat to get ahead of PTSD.
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