Few assignments have been as rewarding as a morning five years ago on Morgan Run with fly fishing instructor Philip Krista and Sgt. Russell Martin, a wounded veteran learning the mechanics of the craft and forgetting the medical challenges awaiting him back at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Project Healing Waters, founded in 2004, gets wounded vets back outdoors to enjoy sports again with the help of volunteers.

Maryland Trout Unlimited has invited David Folkerts from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing to its monthly meeting Wednesday evening to discuss the program and its needs. The chapter was an early supporter, providing basic fly fishing, fly casting and fly tying instruction.

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Folkerts served as an Army Ranger in Taji, Iraq, where he sustained injuries from an IED blast in April 2005. The captain was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for continuing treatment, where he became involved with PHWFF.

After medically retiring from the Army, David became a full-time employee with PHWFF.

The meeting will be at 7:30 at the Towson branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 320 York Road.

Maryland TU was founded in 1971 and has more than 600 members.

Baltimore Sun photo of Russell Martin and Philip Krista by Andre' F. Chung / 2006

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