Jim Borowski, FVTU VSP Coordinator with David and Kelly Skelton at Silvertip Ranch

Jim Borowski, FVTU VSP Coordinator with David and Kelly Skelton at Silvertip Ranch

In Late June, FVTU members Jim (FVTU VSP Coordinator) & Jo Borowski spent a week on Slough Creek just north of Yellowstone National Park acting as guide/companions for a group of veterans and their spouses.  The trip was sponsored by TU’s Veteran Service Partnership national office.  Five couples from all across the U.S. came to Silvertip Ranch to learn fly fishing, then practice their skills on some cooperative Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout.

Upper Slough Creek

Upper Slough Creek

Fly fishing has been shown to have a definite therapeutic value to help those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress and other combat related injuries.  Begun in 2011, TU VSP uses the healing power of time spent on the water to assist those veterans in need.  To learn more about TU VSP visit: http://www.tu.org/conservation/outreach-education/veterans-service-partnership. Jim is the VSP Coordinator for our FVTU chapter.

Throughout its history, our nation has been blessed with an extraordinary band of men and women who have sacrificed so much for the people of our nation. Regardless of the situation, regardless of the danger, these brave individuals have answered the call to protect our liberties and freedoms. TU is appreciative of their sacrifices and in ever-growing number, our members are stepping up to provide healing, rehabilitation, hope and community to those who have experienced the traumas of war.

Veteran Nathan Burgess and a typical Yellowstone Cutthroat

Veteran Nathan Burgess and a typical Yellowstone Cutthroat