Fishin' Buddies for Veterans started when I realized how fishin' has changed
my life. After all the pills, the sleepness nights, the wondering how much more I
can take, I went back to a love I had as a child, fishin'. I traded my pills for reels,
and the rest is history. I have my set-backs and my struggles with PTSD, there
is no hiding it, but getting my line wet and being at peace is nothing short of a
miracle for me. I ask myself, is it the lure of the catch or the being one with
nature? I think it is a little of both. The adrenaline you get when you get that line
tap, the rod bending and the fight to land it whether it is a 1 pound trout or at 10 pound catfish (which I know nothing about), well just to say it has me hooked. If you still ask me why I fish, contact me, and I will show you first hand the joys of being on the water, out in nature and fishin'. Big Trout OUT
SPC Kevin Massey
SFC Norm wolfschlag
US Army retired
I’m a Retired Army Veteran who served 23 years in the Infantry. Most of you
who have served should understand what I’ve experienced. So for me dealing
with PTSD, I go fishing. Fishing is not so much about catching a fish but a
chance to be alone with my thoughts. I could spend hours fishing and come
home fishless but refreshed. But of course it’s always nice to catch something.
I don’t fish tournaments, because it puts pressure on myself to catch fish.
Pleasure fishing has no pressure, no adverse consequences. For example, our
computers have an application that defrags the hard drive, sorts files and puts
them in order to make them run more efficiently. Fishing helps me defrag by using the five R’s of mental health. Relax, reflect, rejuvenate, recover, and restore. Still can’t get away from those Military Acronyms.
Stop and consider for a moment how many actual places you are able to go to nowadays just to be alone to think and refresh yourself. It is a chance to re-boot your inner self and help your overall health in the process. It is a recognized rule that when a person is fishing, it is impolite to disturb them. So when you are feeling stressed, grab a fishing pole and head for the water to relax. Or you could pay a therapist $200.00 an hour for the same thing; but my personal choice is a fishing pole. Lobo 1 OUT
sgt Lucas "Luke" Braun
I'm 35 years old from Buda, Tx. I served in the US Army Infantry for 10 years.
I served 2 tours in Iraq; 04-05 in Sadr City withCco 2-5 Cav and 06-07 in Mosul
with Bco 2-7Cav. I was wounded in 2004 inSadr City, but they couldn't hold me
down. I was medically discharged in 2008 due to issues caused from my
wounds. That is when I found fishing. I am a 100% disabled veteran and suffer
from PTSD and TBI. I was lucky enough to find my wife when things were dark.
Shortly after her saving me I found a friend, a Marine Infantry vet, that loves
fishing and took me. I was hooked. When I am fishing there are no worries.
Everything is peaceful, and when that fish hits that line you get that familiar rush of adrenaline, and there's nothing like it. Luke OUT
We are a network of veterans and anglers joining forces to combat a national epidemic, suicide among our Nation's veterans and military personnel. Our goal is to help them heal through fishin' and support them through their good and bad times. A few of us here are living proof of the positive effects that fishin' has had on our lives. This has provided the inspiration needed to spread the word. Fishin' provides peace, serenity and escape from the everyday hustle of life and those hidden wounds many of our Nation's veterans carry around. We are trading our pills for reels and going from battle buddies to fishin' buddies. Whether you came here for help or to help, we welcome you with open tackle boxes. We got your six; nobody is left behind. Relax, reflect, rejuvenate, recover, and restore.
spc john mccurdy
A Missouri native, started fishing when I was 4. Joined US Army right out of
high school in 1994 as a helicopter mechanic 68h. I started my fishing career in
1999 as an amateur, then pro in 2000. Started out with Triton boats/ hydro-tec
marine, then got on the Nitro pro staff in 2008. 2010-2014 self sponsored, lol.
Some of my tournament experience includes : 2000 Heartland pro-am Truman
lake 4th place, 2002 Bass Cat owners invitational Norfork lake 2nd place, 2003
Superbass pro-am Lake of the Ozarks 1st place, 2004 Superbass Pomme De
Terre lake 3rd place, 2006 All Seasons Bass championship Truman lake/ Lake
of the Ozarks 2nd place overall 1st big bass, 2007 All Seasons Bass championship Truman lake/lake of the Ozarks 1st place overall 1st big bass, 2007 Anglers in Action Grand Lake 5th place overall 1st big bass, 2008 Heartland pro-am Table Rock Lake 10th place, 2008 Heartland Classic Championship Truman Lake 5th place, 2008 Media Bass Championship Table Rock Lake 1st place 1st big bass, 2009 Heartland pro-am Lake of the Ozarks 8th place, 2000 Outdoors in the Ozarks high school Fishing program 1st place Pro incentive award.
While with Nitro, I gave fishing seminars and worked many boat/ product shows over the years. I was also involved with on the water shows and demo rides for Big Cedar Lodge (Bass Pro). I have also done numerous guide trips for private contract parties. I was featured on the cover of Bass Master magazine Sept/Oct issue 2010. I have just recently joined fishinbuddies4veterans as a staff member to help veterans cope with PTSD. I'm currently fishing with my son, as he is on his high school bass fishing team. I'm a boat captain for the team and will be working along side the coaches over the next 4 years. We also fish some tournaments with Joe Bass Team Trail. Filthy Flipper Out
I have been in for 6 years and i am 29 yrs. old. So far I have done two
deployments in the Middle East. while stationed in Norfolk, Va. I dealt with
alcohol abuse that almost got me kicked out of the Navy due to stress and
challenges in life. Thanks to my partner, who's been fishing since she was little,
she took the time to show me a thing or two and that was it I was immediately
hooked. I felt refreshed, rebooted and even shied away from drinking too much.
I even found time to fish on my ship during lunch or every port we pulled in to.
It took my mind out of all the challenges that I had going on it was my safe
zone. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. My fishing poles are my therapists and the water is my venting couch, the best part is it's all for free. Filthy Bones out