Vets, Kids & Fly Fishing hosted by Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuge | Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council

For our February Friends Monthly Meet-Up, we have invited Navy Veteran Chad Brown. On zoom or call-in links at https://alaskarefugefriends.org/category/meetings/

Chad was homeless and medicated for PTSD when he discovered fly fishing and the healing power of rivers. Brown said that the first tug on his line from his first fish was like a bolt of nature's electricity bringing him back to life.

He founded Soul River Inc. https://soulriverinc.org/ to share what rivers and fishing had done for him. He pairs vets and inner city kids on "deployments" to wild rivers including several trips to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Amid the grandeur of the Refuge, the vets found purpose as mentors and the youth flourished in this new world of nature, adventure and fishing.

Brown will share with us his story, the success of Soul River and how his mission has grown into protecting the Arctic Refuge and being of service to Native communities. He will tell us about his new non-profit, Love is King, which is dedicated to creating equitable and safe access to the outdoors for people of color.

Chad Brown grew up in Texas hunting and spending time on his grandparents farm. He joined the Navy to get the GI Bill and served in Desert Storm, Desert Shield and Restore Hope Somalia. After the military, he earned a Master of Science in Communications Design and had a successful career as an art director and photographer before his PTSD caught up with him and brought him down.

After fishing and rivers and the VA healed him he started Soul River as well as serving as creative director of Chado Communication Design and Soul River Studios. Besides being an avid fly fisherman he is a bow hunter, outdoor adventurer and conservationist. Brown is a Board member of the National Wildlife Refuge Association.

He has been featured on BBC, CBS, as well as in national publications such as Outside Magazine and The Drake, and in various Pacific Northwest publications. Additionally, Brown was the first recipient of the Break-ing Barriers Award Presented by Orvis, as well as the Bending Toward Justice Award from Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.

Brown resides in Portland, Oregon.

Please join us online or by phone Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 5-6pm (AKT), 6pm (PT) Zoom link and phone number will be here and on our website https://alaskarefugefriends.org/category/meetings/
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Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm