War Narratives: Veteran Stories, PTSD Effects, and Therapeutic Fly-Fishing
Working within a framework of narratology (narrative theory), this study is a gathering and analysis of 67 letters of veterans as they concluded their participation in a therapeutic fly-fishing program in Dutch John, UT along the Green River. The program worked with female and male veterans with confirmed diagnoses of posttraumatic stress disorder that served overseas in each branch of the Armed Forces (except the Coast Guard) during Operation New Dawn, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, and Vietnam. The collected narratives were analyzed based on a three-part process of reading: Explication; Explanation; and, Exploration. This analysis approach presented a uniquely constructed perspective of veterans as they participated in treatment. The study systematically analyzed the stories to present a narrative and four themes that would inform and guide future empirical studies on the realities of veterans, program experiences, and perspective on treatment.