Local Veterans suffering from PTSD find healing through water

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - It was just a day on the lake. "It's been interesting because the last time I went fishing was with my uncle, with a little toy fishing rod, and I think it drove him batty because we scared all of the fish away," said Kendra Storm.

Today Storm is learning at new trade-- to fly fish. "It's better I don't know what I'm doing, cause then I'll learn the techniques a little quicker," said Storm.

She's the first woman to participate in the healing waters monthly fly fishing outing. "We're pretty excited," said Eric Cohen, Local Representative for Healing Waters of Alabama.

The outings, of course, are for a good, relaxing time. But they have a deeper purpose: to serve as therapy for veterans dealing with PTSD.

"I get anxiety, I have depression, I get anxious in public places," said Storm.

It's feelings like those that are hard to escape. "You're always stuck in your head, just thinking about bad things, and you're trying to get out of your head," said Storm. "An idle mind leads to idle thoughts."

According to Cohen, those idle thoughts can lead to drug and alcohol addiction, and suicide.

But for a few hours, whether she's out on the lake or making flies at home, Storm can keep her mind on something else. "I can't say that I or anyone else solves any problems. But you certainly forget them. Fly fishing requires concentration," said Cohen.

The organization is always looking to reel in more participants and volunteers. For more information on how you can get involved, go to http://www.projecthealingwaters.org/


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