The MWSF/Skills4Life Fishing program is tailored to help combat wounded veterans dealing with PTS, and transitioning from military to civilian life, by providing medically relevant and therapeutic opportunities through peer-to-peer mentoring and outdoors recreation. The focus of the program and the desired outcome is to give our Heroes the confidence and skills required to be a responsible angler, allowing them to continue in their community, with their family, friends, and other veterans.
In a study conducted by for the Sierra Club, titled Exploring the Benefits of Outdoor Experiences on Veterans, shows that engaging in activities outdoors that involve physical challenge, camaraderie, and achievement of an objective may resonate with types of experiences that make military service highly meaningful and rewarding. This data also suggests that natural environments can be supportive of well-being (Duvall, Kaplan 2013).
The Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Skills4Life will have an open application from February 1st, 2021 to March 1st, 2021, to select participants for the 15-month long fishing program. The applicants will be selected based on level of fishing experience, need, and willingness to complete the program.
As part of the program, the participants will experience fishing for a variety of species. From fishing in small freshwater ponds, lakes, and rivers to saltwater fishing from the beach, piers, and jetties on coastal waters.