Honda Cars of McKinney Celebrated Memorial Day with a cookout for the staff and customers alike while in observance of this special day as we donated $50 per car sold during our event to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.

“This is, in a small way, the opportunity for us to honor and serve those who have honored us with their service” said Scott Atchison, General Sales Manager at Honda Cars of McKinney as he delivered the check for $2,200 representing the 44 cars sold to John Bickel, US Army Lt Col. (ret), and Ranger (Airborne). 

The $2,200 is in itself is a very fortuitous number indeed.  Estimations are that a staggering 22 veterans a day are committing suicide and the number is increasing.  Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly-fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. (PHWFF) began in 2005 serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Since then, PHWFF has expanded nationwide, establishing its highly successful program in the Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics.

“Our Warriors need help and hope, and it’s our goal to restore health and optimism to these men and women and their families.  Project Healing Waters is devoted to our new, revolutionary approach,” said Mr. Bickel as he joined us for the days’ activities as we treated everyone to burgers, hot dogs, and cold drinks.

John Bickel, a US Army Lt Col. (ret), and Ranger (Airborne) served in Vietnam and in the Special Forces.  John is a West Point graduate.  John was also an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at West Point and has earned two graduate degrees.  He is the founder and CEO of DyneAquaculture and on the Founders Circle of Project Healing Waters.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. (PHWFF) is a nonprofit organization that offers retreats and restorative care for wounded warriors.