Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

“Healing those who serve”

I have to say as a new member of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing that it is one of the best things that has happened to me in a while. I am an avid largemouth bass guy, I’ve never fly fished before and I haven’t fished for trout since I was 15. Well, fly fishing is a blast, I’m liking it a lot. I have also picked up fly tying. I like tying flies too. My flies look as good as anything you can find!

Fly fishing and tying flies, hanging out with other Veterans that are dealing with the visible and invisible wounds of war. Our time together is fun, often quiet and peaceful, sometimes like a family, a little louder. Like laughing together telling stories at the campfire, or meals. The peace and serenity is amazing. Until you set the hook!

The local chapter of PHWFF meets:

2nd Tuesday of each month at the New Patriot Veterans Outreach, 10 Wachusett St., Fitchburg, MA

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4th Monday at 100 West St., Leominster, MA

All Veterans and Active Duty are welcome to come on down. Join us.

Here are a few photos of us. Last summer in Maine and last weekend at Carbelas. And I would like to publicly thank Carbelas in Berlin for being such awesome hosts and sponsors.

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Project New Hope Inc.

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Mission Statement:
Project New Hope Inc. mission is to assist veterans and their families with PTSD, TBI, Military Sexual Trauma, Marital Issues, Chronic Pain Issues and Suicidal thoughts, and other issues that might arise. We are an organization that helps U.S. veterans and their families with addressing the challenges, fears and stigma that they face during and after they have served in our Armed Services. Project New Hope is committed to aiding our service members and their families by providing them the opportunity to get away and reconnect by attending one of our retreats. The organization offers tools for recognizing the symptoms and triggers of military-related occupational stress and injuries, as well as assist in developing coping mechanisms through holistic approaches to healing. All our staff and volunteers are committed to assisting our service members in their pursuit of New Hope and success in all they do.

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R.I.P. Mrs. Helen Hill “We love you”

Helen Hill

For vets, ‘our touchstone’ – Leominster’s Helen Hill had heart of Gold, 1923-2014
By Cliff Clark, [email protected]

LEOMINSTER — Longtime veterans’ advocate, supporter and Gold Star Mother Helen Hill died on Tuesday. She was 91.

“It is a great loss to us,” said Richard Early, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 116 in Leominster.

Hill, said Early, had a special gift that allowed her to connect with veterans.

“She had the ability to give the gift of kindness to Vietnam vets, a way of soothing and nurturing veterans. She provided extraordinary support for vets just by being herself,” said Early, who had known Hill since the early 1970s and worked with her on a scholarship program for the sons and daughters of Vietnam veterans attending local schools.

“It made it a very valuable ceremony for the children and veterans,” said Early.

She also represents the end of an era in Leominster, said Early.

“She was the last Leominster resident who was a Gold Star Mother (of a Vietnam War casualty),” said Early.

“She was our touchstone,” he said, also describing her as “strongwilled, but kind, humble and compassionate.”

City Councilor and Gold Star Wife Claire Freda had known Hill for three decades and said the two forged a bond as a result of their shared experience of loss. Freda’s husband Ronald died from wounds suffered during the Vietnam War.

“She was a remarkable woman. It is a real loss to the veterans that have such an affection for her,” said Freda.

Freda said when Hill learned of her husband’s death, “she couldn’t get here fast enough.”

“She had a special relationship with Ronald,” said Freda, whose husband died several years after sustaining his wounds in Vietnam.

Hill’s son, David, was killed in Vietnam on Feb. 13, 1969, when his company was ambushed. He was 22.

She learned of his death on Valentine’s Day.

In a story that appeared in the Sentinel & Enterprise on Feb. 13, 2009, Hill recounted the day she learned her son had died.

When she woke on that fateful morning, a U.S. Army chaplain was at her door holding a telegram that reported the death of her son the day before.

“I felt I lost my best friend. But he said, ‘I’m going to serve my country, and this is what I want to do,’ ” said Hill in 2009.

David had just graduated from college in 1968, according to the story, and he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and deployed to Vietnam in December. He was wounded shortly after arriving. He was treated for his injuries, but soon returned to combat.

“He was a rambunctious young man who loved acting and participating in city service organizations and had his sights on one day becoming the mayor of Leominster,” read the story published in 2009.

She also spoke of the dark days Vietnam war veterans experienced as they returned home to a country that had largely turned against the war.

“It was devastating when my son came home … we were almost in hiding. (Vietnam) was a conflict that brought out a lot of hate. … When we saw the way things were when David was brought home, my husband and I said, ‘We are not going to be angry with people or God. We are going to do what we can to be active in our community. We’ll do that in David’s memory,” said Hill in 2009.

“She could have been bitter,” said Freda about negative public sentiment about the war at the time. “But she wasn’t. She turned that negative into a positive.”

“Being a Vietnam veteran was not very popular, but they never shied away from their strong support of those veterans,” said Early.

For Mayor Dean Mazzarella, that dedication to the veterans was a testament to her inner strength.

“She supported the Vietnam veterans when it wasn’t fashionable to do so,” said Mazzarella.

The city’s Veterans Services Officer Richard Vouture echoed Mazzarella.

“It was a dark time, but she overcame that. She was a staunch supporter of veterans with everything she did,” said Vouture.

Freda also said that Hill lived long enough to see veterans who returned from war receive the welcome from the public that was missing when her son returned home to be buried.

When Leominster native Jonathan Roberge was killed in Iraq in February 2009, only a few days away from being exactly 40 years since David lost his life, Hill was part of a group of Blue Star Mothers that presented his mother, Pauline, with a Gold Star flag.

“She saw how far we’d come when Jonathan died,” said Freda.

Since David’s death, Helen had participated in every Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremony. When the city commemorated Veterans Day in November, Helen’s frail health prevented her from laying the wreath at the veterans monument.

Despite that, she watched the ceremony from Freda’s nearby car and was in attendance during the ceremony in which Phyllis Yelle was honored with the Helen Hill Patriotic Award.

Hill filled the empty place in her heart created by the death of her son with the veterans she embraced and provided comfort to, Freda said.

“She felt their pain and could recognize when they were becoming depressed, Freda said. “She really felt it.”

Follow Clark on Tout and Twitter @cliffcclark.

Read more: http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_27066047/vets-our-touchstone#ixzz3LL6rT8z1

Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

 Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

The Bill of Rights is the collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. These limitations serve to protect the natural rights of liberty and property. They guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the public.

 Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

For those out there in America who like to burn flags, spit on our Veterans and preach your basic hate and discontent, the collective we, the soldiers, sailors, marines, coasties, air men and guard are the same group of women and men that signed their names and took a oath just SO YOU COULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO TREAT US AND AMERICA LIKE SHITE! By your sheepdogs at www.unapologeticallyamerican.com  this ain’t Nam dude brought to you by your sheepdawgs at firebase116.org

Please support and wear the Ranger Up line of clothes for women and men.  See them, order them, FEEL THEM at www.rangerup.com watcha waiting for? RTFU and get moving soldier!

 Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

Bill of Rights the Unapologetic American Version

DEPLOYMENT

DEPLOYMENT

DEPLOYMENT

Deployment

It wore you out. It aged you. It made you witness a lifetime of human events within a short period of time.

How do you go home and explain that experience to the unknowing? You can’t. Words can’t describe all those highs and lows that you experienced during that period.

It wasn’t a self-gratifying European backpacking trip. You weren’t some idol suburbanite trying to find himself on a road trip. Your trip overseas was business–rough, violent, and dangerous business.

You don’t owe an explanation to anyone. The only people you have to answer to are the people you shared that time with and yourself. Your time is done.

Deployment… You’ve been there, you’ve done that.

DEPLOYMENT

DEPLOYMENT