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A new service is available to area veterans. Its vision, "to help all veterans to recover one step at a time," and its mission is "to improve quality of life for all veterans." 

Casting Vets is a nonprofit founded by veteran and Hot Springs resident Julius Maurice Johnson, also known as "JJ". The organization takes veterans on therapeutic excursions to help those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. 

Johnson cites the benefits he has personally experienced as one of the driving forces behind starting Casting Vets, "In my own recovery, I've found a peaceful place. A place in my mind that is receptive to both sobriety and recovery."  

The is science to back up Casting Vets' mission. The organization references a 2009 study by the University of Southern Maine, the University of Utah, and the Salt Lake City VA that showed significant reduction in PTSD symptoms for veterans participating in a fly fishing retreat. 

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Earlier this month, the organization received an officially endorsement from Hot Springs Mayor, George Kotti, "I endorse Casting Vets as a means of making a huge difference in the lives of disabled veterans and their families along with being a natural fit to the fiber of the Hot Springs community whose roots are found in its healing waters." 

To get involved or to make a donation, contact Casting Vets on their Facebook Page, call (605)-891-0308 or email castingvetsjj@gmail.com

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