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Portland Veteran Catches National Attention With Fishing Program


A Portland nonprofit that brings urban youth and veterans together for fly fishing is getting national recognition for its unique program.

Soul River Runs Wild‘s founder, U.S. Navy veteran Chad Brown, is featured in Outdoor magazine’s July issue. “Hooked” by Patrick Symmes spends time with Brown and the program’s participants, who include veterans and city youth who might not otherwise be able to get on Oregon’s rivers.

Brown, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after his military service, feels better when he’s fly fishing.  He created Soul River Runs Wild to share that peacefulness with others.

“I look at it like a veteran who fights with their issues is pretty much right in line with kids fighting their issues,” Brown told Oregon Field Guide last year.

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