Sgt. Nathan Jones – USMC Iraq Veteran 2001-2006 – 2 Tours Iraq

Aug 6th, 2015 I departed from California and that Thursday night my Uncle Tadd picked me up from the Minneapolis airport. The next morning we were heading over to meet Chris Hansen. Chris put together an amazing fishing trip to take me to Canada as a thank you for serving in the United States Marine Corps from 2001 to 2006. I spent 2 years in Okinawa Japan and did two deployments to Iraq. Several months after the return from my second deployment I was diagnosed with PTSD. Chris also has PTSD from an accident he had. Within the first day we spent 10 hours together on a road trip to Canada. I already felt very comfortable and relaxed when we reached our destination White Birch Lodge in Sioux Narrows, Canada. This trip allowed me to decompress and enjoy Mother Nature while having some fun fishing. Chris contacted me at the perfect time. I had recently lost several family members and friends causing me to have vivid flash back memories which made me very irritable and depressed. This trip allowed me to open up and really express how I felt at the time. It worked like a soothing therapy during the day while we were out on the water. You would feel that much better when the fish started to bite and reeled something in. We even had the chance to fish for Musky, there were several follows from these giant fish, but they didn’t feel like biting. The lodge was great and the staff there was really awesome. I went in for breakfast one morning and they asked what I liked to eat and I said ribs. That evening when we came back to the lodge they made me a giant plate of ribs with all kinds of extra side dishes. This trip allowed me to unwind and really gather my thoughts. I can’t thank everyone who helped make this happen enough. Thank you Chris for taking care of all expenses, driving, fish cleaning and giving up some of those secret fishing spots. I’m now doing really good and feel much better after just a small trip to a beautiful lake. We have already made plans to take my dad who is also a veteran on next year’s trip. Looking forward to try and catch a Musky and get some R & R with my fishing buddy McGradie aka “McMuskie.” Thank you.