Recruiting methods are evolving in an effort to make sure that we are helping veterans who will benefit from our experience the most. WQW has also expanded programming to serve military caregivers, spouses, and active duty special operations military personnel, recognizing the positive impact a Fishing Experience has upon service members who continue to experience high stress and kinetic environments. Since 2007, WQW has provided over 920 Fishing Experiences to combat veterans and spouses/caregivers from across the nation.
Success has historically been measured by freely offered alumni testimonials. In an effort to quantifiably measure the short- and long-term impact of WQW’s therapeutic programs in helping veterans, WQW has developed a pre- and post-FX survey for participants under the counsel of Dr. Aaron Sawyer, a clinical psychologist, and contractor for the Dept. of Defense.
It gave me a sense of purpose and drive again, which was much needed. Helped me realize my goals and motivated me to accomplish them. I began fly fishing a few months ago, but I learned SO much from the trip that now I try and go as much as I can.
I felt more solace than I have felt in years fishing the waters of Montana.
I had the best time of my life with you all at the ranch. I haven’t been that at peace in ages. I just applied for my fishing license so hopefully I will be on the lower Illinois this Memorial Day Weekend! … I absolutely do miss you! Your knowledge and experience was amazingly helpful and considerate. Thank you again!
Thanks for getting me up to Montana for that trip . . . Really pulled me out of a bad place and literally changed my outlook on life. Because of it, I’m getting my house packed up and moving back to Missouri to be closer to my family. That trip really made me miss being around people that truly care . . . [S]ince being back, I feel like I have a better appreciation for life and a better outlook on what’s to come.
This program creates positive results in a group that has sacrificed a great deal for the sake of others. They frequently report that their WQW experience has changed their lives and served as a catalyst to reengage and find meaning and purpose. Many first-time participants elect to return and serve as mentors to others in future events. As WQW’s work continues over the coming decades, the Warriors who benefit from the program’s resources now will serve as leaders and examples for the next generation of Warriors.
Not often are spouses given a break to be truly taken care of and that break has made a world of difference in my perspective and view of the future.
The experience of being out on the river has been humbling and peaceful and we know that what we’ll take home from this experience will feed our family mentally and emotionally.
Words cannot express the gratitude for all you have done for me and my wife, and children. You all have made me want to be a better husband and father.
WQW is more than a place to just fly fish. It offers veterans a chance to connect with each other and create lasting relationships.