Raising thousands for veteran care through fly fishing in Va.

Posted at 1:31 PM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 06:40:24-04

MADISON COUNTY, Va. -- Fishing is a relaxing past time, but for hundreds of veterans it can also be therapeutic.

This past Sunday approximately 350 veterans and volunteers from across the nation gathered at a farm in Madison County for the Project Healing Waters 2-Fly fishing tournament.

One veteran who fished this weekend said that war had a lasting impact in his life; from PTSD and contemplating suicide.

But Larry Fivecoats said he found an escape through fishing.

“I can hear those ripples from way up here and I can hear that and just calm down and it really is and I know somebody around here has got my back and that's the best part,” he said.

Project Healing Waters 2-Fly fishing tournament is now in its 10th year and they've raised over a million dollars for veteran services.