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Project Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings. The Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited began an association with Project Healing Waters in October 2013. The program will be held at the Picatinny Arsenal military base and will primarily draw participants from, but not limited to, Morris, Sussex, and Warren Counties. 

FSBNJTU will provide Fly Tying, Fly Casting, Rod Building, and Fly Fishing Trips to program
 participants at no cost. Our program is funded solely by donations and fund raising events. The program is organized and operated by volunteers.  For more information, or to donate your time, skills, or materials contact us here.  To make a donation to be earmarked specifically for the PHWFF program please click the PayPal link at the right.  Thank you!

Click the links below to print or view a poster and help us get the word out!

Healing Spirit Fishing Trip

posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:05 AM by Mike Balogh   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 11:05 AM ]

An excerpt from the Rally Point Bugle published by Veteran's Haven North and written by Daniel W.  For those who are interested, the entire publication, including pictures that go along with this article, are available below.

It was the 29th of October when five residents joined the volunteers of Project Healing Waters on a fishing trip to Hampton road River creek. VHN provided the transportation for the residents, to and from the event. It started with a presentation about how everything would work. The Leader went into the water and showed everyone three or four ways to cast with your rod and what particular lure to use on any given day. It depends on the location as to whether they will use flies, blank ants, or other lures he has in the box. All of his lures are handmade. After that, we all separated and went to different spots of the creek. We tried fly fishing. Two of us caught fish. I caught a fish that was 10 inches long. We had to release them because the trip was to “catch and release.” We tried different spots on the creek to see how we could do by ourselves without help. We were wearing “waders” so we were able to go out into the water to select our spots. The whole event took about three hours.

The hardest thing was to stand in one spot, be patient and quiet. You had to cast, let it drift, and bring it back and cast it up stream. I saw fish upstream from where I was standing, but they were not biting my bait.

In the middle of the event, we stopped for a lunch of cold cut sandwiches and donuts provided by the volunteers. We all had a good time and we learned a few new things about fishing, on this trip with Project Healing Waters. The purpose of these trips is to relax the mind and body, and it works. You are only thinking about catching the elusive fish. Thank you volunteers of Project Healing Waters for spending this time with the Veterans of VHN. We are looking forward to the next class and outing.

Praise for Project Healing Waters

posted Jan 28, 2016, 8:10 AM by Mike Balogh

In a recent newsletter published by VHN an article about one of our PHWFF outings was written/contributed by one of the participants. Many thanks to all the volunteers who make this happen! Here is proof that it makes a difference in the lives of these veterans. The full newsletter can be found attached below.

Fly Tying Event - Jan 23, 2016

posted Jan 13, 2016, 6:31 AM by Mike Balogh   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 6:42 AM ]

JANUARY 23, 2016

200 Sanitorium Road
Glen Gardner, NJ

Call Bob Jacinto at (973) 670-5812 or email him at
Or email Michael Murphy at

Substantial Donation to Support Project Healing Waters!

posted Jan 13, 2016, 6:30 AM by Mike Balogh   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 6:41 AM ]

For the second time in the past two years, Silhouette Optical Ltd., the US subsidiary of Silhouette International, a leading manufacturer of high end eyewear and sunglasses, has donated $ 1,000.00 in support of our chapter’s active involvement in Project Healing Waters. Silhouette Optical is the former longtime employer of our Chapter President Willi

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

On behalf of Project Healing Waters, the group of veterans from both the East Orange NJ VA hospital and the Veterans Heaven North location, and especially on behalf of all the members of Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited, I wish to express my sincere gratitude and say thank you to Silhouette Optical and its management, for their generosity they have demonstrated to this worthwhile endeavor.

Bobby Jacinto
Program Lead
North Jersey PHWFF

Visit to Picatinny Rod & Gun Club

posted Dec 4, 2013, 9:40 PM by Abraham Jacinto

On December 2, 2013, we (Glenn Zeeck, Ed Hicks, Bob Jacinto) had a chance to speak to members of Picatinny Rod & Gun Club.  We introduced Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) to a group of Active and Retired military personnel.  Our goal was to recruit volunteers.

Our next steps are:
1.  Plan a Fly Tying event in January.
2.  Visit East Orange VA hospital to promote the event.
3.  Training session for Volunteers.

Stay tuned as we announce the dates for the above activities.


posted Nov 13, 2013, 11:03 AM by Mike Balogh

“You [PHWFF] have offered me another avenue to continue recovering physically and emotionally. I thank you for what you have offered me. Please keep up the good work.” A Maine Veteran

“Look how your vision of bringing PHWFF here is having such an impact on the veterans.” Recreational Therapist, Batavia VA, New York

“I would like to say thank you to the board members of PHWFF for your support and dedication to the men and women of the Armed Forces who are healing not only on the outside, but on the inside through your graciousness of time and money to helping us heal.” SFC, USA, Walter Reed PHWFF combat wounded

“I can’t even begin to explain how I feel about PHWFF/Volunteers and if I do I usually get choked up and my eyes get misty. Thank you, everybody, from the bottom of my heart for caring enough to volunteer and be involved.” A Maine Veteran

“It really raised my self-esteem, and it felt like I could do something, because lots of time we’re told we can’t do anything because we’ve got a mental illness.” A California Veteran

PHWFF Mission Statement

posted Nov 13, 2013, 10:47 AM by Mike Balogh

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings. 

In the fulfillment of this mission, PHWFF works with wounded or disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans in Department of Defense hospitals, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals or clinics, and military transition units nationwide. PHWFF programs include wounded or disabled active duty, reservist, guard and veterans of all conflicts, and disabilities of all types. Our activities are coordinated with military and hospital staff, and all services are provided without cost to participants.

We have focused primarily on TU chapters, FFF clubs and other organized fishing clubs, utilizing the already existing network of concerned and committed fly fishers who populate those organizations. With the number of wounded servicemen and women returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to eligible disabled veterans from prior conflicts who reside in and/or utilize Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and clinics, PHWFF programs would satisfy the desires of volunteers to help and provide real benefits for discharged disabled veterans near their homes.

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