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“The little things that life throws at me pale in comparison to what others are dealing with every day.”

Greg and I are long time friends that only get to see each other at our antique fishing tackle swap meets. I had taken a few HOW brochures with me to the Milwaukee swap meet and Greg picked up one and asked about Heroes on the Water. I shared with him what HOW is all about.

DSC_0047 (800x531)The next day we picked up the discussion, and a couple of other lure collectors joined in. I had the opportunity to share some of the stories about how many of our veterans are returning after multiple tours and are struggling to reintegrate into a public life. I also shared various stories how the program has impacted, saved lives, and provided an outlet for relaxation for both the veteran and their family. Stories such as the veteran who stuttered, but after a morning on the water, he came off the water and the stuttering was gone, Jason’s story, Jeremiah’s story, and other anecdotal stories.

A while later a wonderful letter arrived from Greg with a donation. One never knows how far and wide HOW will impact lives.

Dear George,

I have spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks thinking about the conversations we had in Milwaukee. It has really stayed with me and as I try to relay your story’s and experiences to my wife, I still have a hard time not getting very emotional all over again. As I reflect on my life’s experiences I don’t know that anything has ever had this kind of continuing effect on me.

I think what you are doing and accomplishing is so special!

Donor Testimonial Letter DFWI started this letter several times and just can’t seem to get it right. I just want you to understand the impact you had on me and my thought processes. It seems that I am looking at each day and every interaction that I have a little differently than before. I don’t think that I ever had a “bad” attitude, but I know that it is better today! The little things that life throws at me pale in comparison to what others are dealing with every day, how can you not be thrilled with every day. I guess maybe it’s perspective.

I guess the easiest way to say it is, you changed the way I look at my life and family! I have never had the good fortune to meet anyone that has had a such a positive effect.

So Thank You for what you continue to do for our Veterans and Thank You for sharing it with me, you really made a difference.

I look forward to seeing you down the road somewhere before too long, maybe at Nationals.

Tight Lines and God Bless,

Greg Patterson

Shared by George Chrisman, HOW-DFW Chapter Coordinator

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