That's a tough question to answer, considering I liked everything about it and was repeatedly amazed by the generosity, kindness, and genuine concern for the well being of everyone present. Being comfortable around such a relatively large group of people is something I thought I was no longer capable of... Sharing space and company with so many people uniquely bonded by the experience of having endured the darkness of combat and warfare, regardless of service or era, and knowing not a word need be spoken for someone to understand that a wounded mind may never fully heal. So to try and answer your question...what I liked most about this experience was being constantly reminded of and shown the natural beauty of the world and how immersing yourself in an activity that requires your patience; and continuous effort in expanding your knowledge, skill, and understanding of the flow of life and harmony required to resonate with the rest of creation....and all through the practice and experience of seeking to perfect the art of fly fishing...and in the process, however briefly, escaping the past while immersed in life and the appreciation of it. Although each day continues to be its own battle, I at least have a good memory that reminds me, at the very least, that there are other Veterans out there that i may again have an opportunity to spend time around. They being some of the only people in this world i can be around that know the answers to questions they would never ask. The questions asked by non-Veterans that i am not able to answer in a way that makes them understand what they can never know, having never experienced what now creates a new battle for me each day. WQW’s was a few days of peace in my mind that assured me that at least the possibility of a peaceful day is possible.
After 3 tours and coming home with wounds that couldn’t be fixed, I knew I needed an outlet. I always enjoyed fishing but my experience with WQW showed me the therapeutic value of fishing and friends. From the moment I got there till this day I am treated like a friend, not a client or customer.
My husband and I are long time local donors to Warriors and Quiet Waters. We have seen over the years the great work that comes from this organization. The local volunteers here are dedicated to serving our country's warriors.