Catching fish can be challenging, especially with a bow and arrow. Even more difficult is trying to do it at night.
Injured veterans discovered that during a recent Wounded Warrior Project outing during which they attempted the unusual outdoor activity.
Warriors arrived armed with bows and flood lights in search of Belton Lake fauna, including longnose gar, sunfish, crappie, and largemouth bass. Driven by the excitement of a new sport and making several catches, the group did not return to shore until almost midnight.
“Going into this event, I didn’t know any of the warriors, and yes that did make me a bit nervous,” said Army veteran Luke Morgan. “But I couldn’t resist the chance to go bowfishing. I am definitely glad I went. Building relationships with other warriors helps us feel less alone throughout our recoveries.”
These connection activities support the recovery needs of warriors by reintroducing them to the bonds experienced during military service. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.7 percent) talked with fellow veterans to address their mental health issues.
“Bow fishing was something I had never done before, so I decided to give it a try,” said Army veteran Douglas Shreve. “We had a blast; it was one of the best Wounded Warrior Project experiences I’ve ever had. And I got to spend time with other veterans in a comfortable environment.”
WWP offers programs that assist injured veterans with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, and connecting with other warriors and their communities all made possible thanks to generous donors.