The healing powers of the outdoors

Julia LeDoux
April 12, 2019 - 3:17 pm
Hookset Brothers

Hookset Brothers Combat Recovery

At the heart of Hookset Brothers Combat Recovery’s mission is a belief that something magical happens when veterans who suffer from combat-related Post-Traumatic Stress get outside.

“You see the soldiers change before your eyes,” said co-founder Adam Troy.

The nonprofit, based in Lake Palestine, Texas, seeks to empower veterans by offering them an outlet through free fishing and hunting recovery trips.

“We are all about making the great outdoors available to combat veterans,” said Troy, who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan while serving in the Army from 2002 to 2012.

 

The Hookset Brothers sponsored 53 hunts and 48 fishing trips in 2018 and hopes to increase those numbers this year.

“We’re not only providing relief or an outlet for these guys,” said co-founder Army combat veteran Kody Corrin. “It’s a way for us to maintain ties to the military.”

Rounding out the Hookset Brothers is Martin Montoya, who served in the Army from 1999 to 2014, deployed to Afghanistan, and is a Purple Heart recipient.

“We are brothers, we are a family here in this organization,” he said.

Corrin, Montoya, and Troy began fishing for fun during their downtime years ago and soon found the sport benefited their own Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) recovery. For three years they ran the "Fishing for PTS Recovery" program before integrating hunting trips into their offerings.

“We’re here to help our brothers and sisters who sacrificed so much for our nation,” said Corrin. “Our goal is to remain true to our mission.”

The trio hopes that those who go hunting or fishing with them can lean on those memories during their hard moments.

Hookset Brothers fishing
Hookset Brothers Combat Recovery

“We are very passionate about what we are doing,” said Troy.

Fishing opportunities are available from February through September while hunting trips are available year round for hog and whitetail deer during their approved seasons.

The organization is governed by an eight-member board made up of veterans, family members and outdoor enthusiasts. Not a single member profits or is paid, said Troy.

“We are 100 percent volunteer,” he stressed. “We pay for our own trips. Donations go straight to the combat veteran trips.”

The only thing a combat vet is required to do to take part in a Hookset hunt or fishing trip is to get to East Texas. Corrin said they’ve taken veterans who live as far away as Utah on an outing.

To learn more about Hookset Brothers Combat recovery or to make a donation, visit http://hooksetbrothers.org/

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