TAKE ACTION -
REFER A VETERAN
Don't tell someone to get over it;
help them get through it
HELP US SET THE FIRES THAT LIGHT THE WAY
Our Veteran Participants come to us either through a referral from a loved one, another Veteran Services non-profit, or they reach out to Awol Angler directly. Once we receive a referral, we take the time to learn more about the veteran and get a better understanding of who they are and help them understand what we do.
Once a veteran is accepted into our program, we begin setting up all the logistics for the veterans trip which includes is fully covered by the generosity of our donors and sponsors. Our veteran participants do not open their wallet for anything while they are with us. We strive to provide the most comfortable and peaceful time for our veteran participants while they are with us.
Since my separation from the Marine Corps in 1989, I have dealt with the ups and downs of civilian life in productive and non productive ways. The Marine Corps instilled in me a way of taking charge and attacking problems head on through single minded purpose. What the Corps did not teach me was how to make my life meaningful once I became a civilian. Substance abuse provided an outlet to not deal with issues in my life that were troubling and dark. After becoming sober for 12 months, I became ready to deal with these areas but knew that I needed inspiration to take the next step.
That step came whenI first became aware of AWOL Anglers in July of 2019. After reading a story in the Santa Fe New Mexican about the mission that Wes Dyer was giving to veterans, I came to believe that a prior military service related organization was something that might help me. AWOL Anglers provides a way to connect with military brothers and sisters and learn the basics of fly fishing. What I have found since going to my first AWOL event in November, 2019 was an outlet to calm my personal demons that I experience in a productive and healthy way. Learning to fly fish through AWOL Anglers has given me a way to actively practice mindful awareness in the calmest place I know, outdoors and on the water in Northern New Mexico.
C.L.H. - USMC