POSTED: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 5:08pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 10:02pm
Tyler Tx, (KETK) — Two soldiers wounded from the war in Afghanistan are dealing with their post traumatic stress disorder by fishing. Now, they need your help in getting them to different fishing competitions in East Texas.
Active duty Sergeant Martin Montoya and retired staff Sergeant Adam Troy both served in Afghanistan and were hurt. Troy is now medically retired and Montoya is about to be. They started fishing together to help them cope with their PTSD . Now, they're encouraging other veterans to get involved in a recreational sport to help heal the wounds of war.
"When you achieve something it does wonders to your self esteem and that's what were kind of hoping fishing does for us," said Troy.
The two call themselves the Hookset Brothers. Both Troy and Montoya fished on their lunch breaks at Fort Hood and instantly became more then friends.
"Anytime you get on the lake and fish with myself and him together it gives us hope in our hearts," said Troy.
"It turned out to be a huge great relationship beyond fishing and family," said Montoya.
Now, they fish as a mechanism to escape from the terroring mental wounds from war and love the feeling of escaping just a bit from reality.
"It's one of the best therapies we've kind of found on our own. It gives us an edge and a fighting chance to feel normal,"said Troy.
"Nothing works better for our PTSD and the effects of war than fishing," said Montoya.
They decided to start their own fishing team and entered into a bass fishing tournament. They found their first sponsor Papa's Baits and entered into their first tournament this past weekend, the Bud Light Trail at Lake Palestine. They said they couldn't have done it without Papa Baits commitment to them.
"Thankfully he believed in what we wanted, what we're going to do and kind of what our purpose was," said Troy.
But, they said all of this isn't just for the two of them. They want to show other veterans that participating in a sport can help deal with the pain.
"Through the affects of war and what has happened to us, that you can do this and do other things and it's not over life isn't over after everything that's happened," said Montoya.
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