Disabled Vets Finds Joy In Fishing

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One organization in Casper is giving disabled veterans the experience of a lifetime.

News 13’s Bobby Poitevint took a ride down the Platte River with them, to learn how fishing helps them overcome their disabilities.

Casey Davidson lived through the Cold War, but now spends his days in a wheelchair. He is a quadriplegic, but that hasn’t stopped him from fishing.

"When you're in the boat fishing you forget all about the disability, forget about the world. Everything focuses in on what you’re doing,” said Davidson.

He was one of many veterans that hit the water on Thursday morning. For him, it’s more than just an event.

“It’s a real experience and changes your head. It’s good, it’s very good,” said Davidson.

Project “Healing Waters” takes the vets out fly fishing. But to most people, it’s much more.

"We've had guys that have been close to committing suicide. By getting with the program, they can meet some other guys and forget about some of their issues and problems.” said Derrick Dietz.

This year’s fishing trip is hosted at the “Crazy Rainbow Lodge” on the Platte River.

This week-long event holds different events daily.

"Very appreciated by myself and the other veterans because it’s not very often that in today's day that you can get lifted out of your daily life and be put into an area and you don’t have to think about except the fun you’re doing. That’s why we’re here to leave the world behind for a couple of days,” said Davidson.

They are making memories that will last a lifetime.

There were 36 veterans and 38 volunteers at today’s fly fishing event.
It’s a non-profit organization that runs nationwide.