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Fishing trip on Sam Rayburn honors veterans while helping them heal

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BROADDUS, TX (KTRE) -

There's nothing quite like casting a line out on Lake Sam Rayburn.

 "It's peaceful and it's fun,” said Iraq War veteran Jeremy Benefiel.
 

For several wounded warriors in the Veteran's Affairs Medical Foster Home system, Wednesday’s fishing trip was a much needed escape.

"It's fun to be able to get away from the foster care home to things I want to do,” said Army veteran Harold Sanders.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Veteran's Affairs Office recreational therapists take wounded veterans, even those not in foster homes, out and about on special trips to help them physically and mentally escape their disabilities.

"I think there is so much in the news about the V.A. and it's almost always bad,” said Jackson Hill Marina operator Terry Sympson. “ There are things that happen though, that are really good."

The Jackson Hill Marina was honored to host the heroes and take them on the fishing trip of a lifetime, to thank them for their service, but also to give them a special form of therapy.

"There's something about fishing,” Sympson said. “It's really a primal way of meditation and healing."

"It is really nice to say I can go out on the lake and be calm,” Benefiel said. “It’s nice to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.”

Regardless of whether they were suffering from a physical or mental ailment, the trip also gave veterans of all generations a chance to bond.

"It doesn’t matter how old or how young you are,” Benefiel said. “We all have the same battle scars."

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