Letter: Thanks for the Thornton River therapy

On behalf of the Northern Virginia chapter of Trout Unlimited (NVATU), I would like thank Cliff Miller III for generously making his family’s Mount Vernon Farm on the Thornton River available for wounded veterans to fish on April 26.

Trout Unlimited club member Mike Fitzhugh (left) and veteran Jesse Garza in the Thornton River last month for the Project Healing Waters day. Courtesy photo.
Trout Unlimited club member Mike Fitzhugh (left) and veteran Jesse Garza in the Thornton River last month for the Project Healing Waters day. Courtesy photo.

This was the third time in recent years that Project Healing Waters veterans have enjoyed the beauty of Rappahannock County while catching rainbow trout stocked by the Turkey Mountain Fly Fishing Club. The NVATU chapter and the fishing club provided guides to assist them.

Project Healing Waters (projecthealingwaters.org) held one of its first events in 2007 at Mount Vernon Farm. Since then it has grown into a nationwide organization linking wounded veterans with fly fishermen for physical and mental rehabilitation.

George Paine
Secretary, Northern Virginia Chapter of Trout Unlimited

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