PARK CITY, Utah, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are approximately 24 million veterans currently living in the United States. With a significant number of these individuals suffering from physical or psychological disabilities, a newly launched organization is offering recreational fishing retreats to wounded veterans and families of fallen soldiers to assist them in their healing process.

Founded in June of 2008, Rivers of Recovery is a non-profit entity that offers two-day, three-night programs along the Green River in Utah. The trips are provided at no cost to participants and funded by contributions from individual and corporate sponsors.

"Since the program's launch, we've seen a tremendous response," says Dan Cook, founder of the Utah-based organization.

He adds, "Rivers of Recovery is emerging from the conceptual phase and we're currently seeing tangible results from our efforts. This program works and greatly benefits participants and their families."

Sam Floberg, a National Guard sergeant from Fargo, ND, recently participated in a Rivers of Recovery retreat and says the experience was helpful in restoring confidence in his abilities. Floberg lost his right leg from an RPG attack in Afghanistan several years ago.

"There are organizations like Rivers of Recovery that will bring you out and show you that you can still do something," he says.

An avid fly-fisherman, Cook founded Rivers of Recovery as a way to give back to those who have made selfless sacrifices for their country. Although he is credited as the founder, Cook notes that the organization is something everyone can be a part of.

"We're all stakeholders in the future of our veterans," he says. "Whether we know it or not, we have a vested interest in them all."

"I encourage everyone to stand behind these brave men and women and support them — the ongoing success of Rivers of Recovery requires financial support from us all."

Rivers of Recovery assists those suffering from a wide spectrum of physical and psychological disabilities, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additionally, family members of veterans who have experienced the loss of a loved one are also encouraged to apply.

Candidate applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through the organization's website.

For more information, including participant testimonials and how to support future trips, visit http://www.riversofrecovery.org .

SOURCE Rivers of Recovery

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