Over a decade of conflict has taken a tremendous toll on our military veterans, with current VA estimations showing 22 veterans are taking their own lives each and every day. Over 35 percent of those who have deployed overseas are diagnosed with some type of mental health issue upon return and we are losing the battle against post-traumatic stress and adjustment disorders. Got Your 6 Fishing is working toward improving these statistics by providing healing recreation guided by those who have had similar experiences.
Got Your 6 Fishing provides opportunities for active duty military and veterans to enjoy beautiful Washington State and our unique waterways. Through the recreation of fishing, warriors will learn coping skills, build relationships, find physical and emotional healing, and gain the knowledge needed to maintain this hobby for life.
Veterans face special challenges upon returning home, often with limited options and finances. Something as basic as getting out onto the river or Puget Sound with others who have experienced traumatic injuries or PSTD can go a long way towards bringing a sense of calm, peace, and normalcy into to the lives of our services members.
Got Your 6 is a military term that means “I’ve got your back.” This is the founding sentiment for Got Your 6 Fishing. If you or someone you know is suffering as a result of your military service, you’re not alone. Consider coming out for a trip, either by yourself, with other military buddies, or your family. You’d be amazing at how something as simple as a fishing trip can be a first step towards healing.
Founder of Got Your 6 Fishing, Ryan Caldwell, is a combat wounded veteran who has served our country through multiple deployments around the world. After being medically retired, Ryan sought solace in the peaceful waters of Puget Sound and it’s tributaries. He began to invite other veterans to join him on these excursions and quickly figured out they find it as cathartic as he does.
Ryan has provided over 600 fishing trips. With your help, he can continue to provide this much needed therapeutic recreation for other veterans and active duty military.
Each donation of $150 covers the costs for two veterans to experience a full day of healing on the water.