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Avid Fly Fisherman Shares The Sport’s Peace Of Mind With Veterans

Avid Fly Fisherman Shares The Sport’s Peace Of Mind With Veterans

Standing in a river trying to catch an elusive trout with a handmade imitation fly that he makes himself is a special place for Jim Iannone, physically but also emotionally.

He summarizes the tranquility and accomplishment that come with fly fishing in a few words: "There's nothing like it."

But he also wanted to share that peace of mind with others, and a small ad he saw in the newsletter of a fishing organization he belongs to gave him an idea.

That ad promoted a fly fishing program for disabled veterans called Project Healing Waters, which was looking for people to start local chapters. Iannone had an idea where such a program could work — the U.S....

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