In May of 2013, as part of its focus on giving back, MPulse Software, Inc began working with Rivers of Recovery, a national non-profit organization providing outdoor recreational rehabilitation programs to combat veterans. To date, MPulse has contributed over $2100 and more than 100 hours of volunteer time to help bring these valuable programs to veterans in Oregon and around the country. During September 2015, we were proud to once again support their efforts by helping host a veterans trip near Eugene, OR.
This year’s trip, September 18-20, provided the opportunity for 5 veterans to enjoy 2 full days of fly fishing on Oregon’s famed McKenzie River, with guiding and accommodations provided by Eugene’s Caddis Fly Shop.
All involved agreed it was a great experience. “I’m not even much of a fisherman,” said Vietnam-era Marine Corps veteran Marc Waszkiewicz, “and I really enjoyed it. It was good to be around other veterans and spend two full days in the sunshine listening to the symphony of waters around me. Really therapeutic.” Waszkiewicz, author of the recently published photo book 1000 Yard Stare, has long suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and says he’s made it his mission to “learn all I can about therapies that can help veterans like me find relief from PTSD’s devastating effects. I’m impressed with what Rivers of Recovery is doing.”
MPulse CEO Steve Brous weighed in, saying, “Giving back by working with groups like Rivers of Recovery is one of the most important things we do as a corporate citizen. MPulse supports a range of deserving non-profits through donations, and we grant our employees paid time off to volunteer, as well. I’m so glad we’ve gotten this opportunity to support our nation’s heroes through this terrific organization, and I’m looking forward to continuing and deepening our relationship with Rivers of Recovery.”
Rivers of Recovery was formed in 2008 by Executive Director, Dan T. Cook, as a means to help combat veterans overcome the invisible scars of war. They employ medically-designed curriculum coupled with outdoor recreational activities to treat combat veterans suffering from PTSD, minor traumatic brain injury (TBI), stress, anxiety, and depression.
To learn more about Rivers of Recovery or to make a donation, we encourage you to visit their website at www.riversofrecovery.org.