Quiet Waters Mission:To provide traumatically injured U.S. servicemen and women from Iraq and Afghanistan with a high quality restorative program, utilizing the therapeutic experience of fly fishing on Montana waters.
WQW brings wounded warriors to Montana for a six day program of fly fishing and recreation. Most warriors who come are still in rehab in the military hospital system. Once here, they have the opportunity to relax and to learn to fly fish in the quiet and beautiful surroundings of Montana and neighboring Yellowstone Park.
The positive impact on the healing and rehabilitation of the warriors from the program and their experience here is clear. WQW's Fishing Experience program provides a respite from the rigors and stresses of war and from the treatment they have endured because of their injuries. They receive quality fly fishing instruction from caring and expert fly fishing guides, instructors and companions. Through adaptive methods of fly fishing they can move beyond their disabilities to learn a new life skill and to gain the recognition of the importance of engaging in new activities as they move on in their recovery. There are many organizations and businesses that help us provide this great experience, a few of which are listed on our affiliates page.
The program provides transportation, accommodations, meals, and gives each warrior a complete fly fishing outfit including rod, reel and waders to keep so they can continue to fish when they leave MT – all at no cost to them. The program supports these wounded warriors through the generosity of its donors and many volunteers. If you have questions or want to volunteer please contact us.
We invite you to view our seventeen minute documentary, "The Journey Home". This moving film, which won the Explore.org Best Documentary Award at the 2010 Hatch Film Festival in Asheville, N.C., poignantly deals with the issues facing our wounded warriors and demonstrates how organizations such as ours are a necessary component in facilitating their healing process: