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When veteran Todd Desgrosseilliers was recovering from battle wounds Cody Whitehair Jersey , he went back to a boyhood love: fly fishing. The organization he now leads has 8,500 participants, one of whom was so inspired by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing that he told Desgrosseilliers: This program saved my life.

Desgrosseilliers group for disabled veterans is one of many receiving funding though the Bob Woodruff Foundation , which this week secured an agreement with the NFL to support such initiatives.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation provides us with a grant each year that supports one of our largest programs, rod building, Desgrosseilliers says. We had over 900 veterans participate in it as part of a larger core of activities we have that include fly fishing education and outings.

When our participants are able to come to the meetings, the rod building provides them with an activity that kind of brings them together, creates camaraderie.

Such pastimes create more than that. For Desgrosseilliers, who learned to fly fish with his great-grandfather and grandfather in Maine, it has been an effective therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and vertigo he suffered after a traumatic head injury in combat.

There are 222 programs nationwide under the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing umbrella. They stage local and regional events as well as national destination trips; 400 members will go on a variety of excursions this year, including to Alaska or the Florida Keys.

Its a group of disabled veterans coming together with folks who care about them Case Keenum Jersey , and they are involved in an activity that is fun, Desgrosseilliers says. We partner our programs with fly fishing organizations to provide the (3,500) volunteers who know how to do the fly fishing basics.

The Woodruff Foundation was founded in 2006 after reporter Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. To date, the foundation has invested more than $55 million to find, fund and shape programs that have empowered veterans, service members and their families.

Its $2 million affiliation with the NFL announced this week will bolster the grant work done by the foundation.

The NFL is such a prominent American brand and one that has a longstanding commitment to the veteran community, says Marshall Lauck, the foundations chief growth and marketing officer. This is not something new to them; their history with supporting veterans and active military members is strong. This is a time with increased interest on their part in how they can most effectively support the veteran community (through nonprofits).

Our expertise can be very helpful for the NFL in its goals in supporting these communities.

One program receiving grants from the foundation is Hire Heroes USA. Hire Heroes provides individualized personal assistance to transitioning veterans and military spouses, helping them with interview coaching, resume coaching or finding the right fit for a veteran entering the workforce.

That group recently passed the 25,000 mark for veterans being hired.

Another organization Jay Prosch Jersey , Bunker Labs, helps veterans with entrepreneurship opportunities.

There are some similarities to NFL players transitioning from the sport into the real world and veterans adjusting after leaving the service.

I think the challenge we had with the NFL was in putting together what is mutually beneficial in finding that common ground, says Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. We can meet what their organization and brand priorities are. Theres not only affirmation of the need in this space, but also an investment in the solution.

One of the uphill battles we continue to have working in this space is we have been a nation at war for the longest time in our history. And there is a sense for something to get media coverage it can be not positive. This is a really important time for us. We will put this money to good use.

For the second time in four seasons, the Seattle Seahawks have started training camp with a star safety absent because of his contract situation.

This one may not end as amicably as the last time.

In an offseason already filled with big name departures, the Seahawks opened camp Thursday without safety Earl Thomas, who is trying to force the hand of the only franchise hes played for in his attempt to get a new contract.

Thomas current deal runs through the end of the upcoming season. He announced his intentions in June to skip any team activities until Seattle addressed his long-term security and he held true to that statement by skipping the mandatory minicamp and not showing up for the Seahawks first practice.

While Thomas teammates seemed to understand what he is doing, coach Pete Carroll seemed less than thrilled to be facing another prolonged holdout.

We always expected him to be here. Thats kind of how it is. He should be here and hes not, Carroll said. Its really about the guys that are here and were going to keep moving and grooving and putting it together. Its unfortunate.

If this feels familiar, its because the Seahawks went down this road before the start of the 2015 season with safety Kam Chancellor. Chancellor unexpectedly decided to hold out as he also sought a new contract even with three years remaining on his deal. Seattle never budged from its position LeSean McCoy Jersey , causing a contrite Chancellor to finally report after the second week of the regular season.

Chancellor eventually got a new contract before the 2017 season.

Thomas may not be as fortunate, especially considering some of his antics late last season indicating he wanted out of Seattle, and one social media post in particular where he asked the Seahawks to trade him if he wasnt getting a new contract.

Were expecting him back. Hes under contract, Carroll said.

Seattles training camp start had a surreal feeling. Carroll was still running around in charge, while Russell Wilson was leading the offense and Bobby Wagner, the defense.

But so many of the familiar faces that defined Seattles roster for the past half-decade were gone. Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett and Jimmy Graham all have new addresses. Chancellor is unlikely to play again due to a neck injury and had to be placed on the reserve/PUP list Thursday as a procedural move due to his contract. Cliff Avril, another standout in recent seasons, was on the sideline as a sports talk radio co-host with his own neck injury clouding his chances of ever playing again.

Hanging over it all is uncertainty about Thomas, the last player still on Seattles roster from the first draft class under Carroll and general manager John Schneider.

Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson were both getting time at free safety with Thomas absent. McDougald is expected to be the replacement for Chancellor at strong safety, but has played both safety positions in the past. Thompson is entering his second season after being a fourth-round pick out of Colorado a year ago.

Right now we cant focus on him. Hes not here. He has our support but weve got to focus on who is here and make sure those guys get right and make sure were doing everything we can for the guys that are here Le'Raven Clark Jersey , Wagner said. Ive voiced my support. I understand this is a tough business. Like I said before, its not a business that is necessarily in favor of the players but weve got to focus on what weve got right now.

NOTES: Seattle has injury concerns on the defensive line from the start. DE Dion Jordan has an undisclosed injury and is starting camp on the physically unable to perform list after a career thats been filled with knee issues. DE Frank Clark had surgery on his wrist over the summer and will be limited at the start of camp. Defensive line is one of the big questions for Seattle after losing Avril, Bennett and Sheldon Richardson in the offseason. TE Ed Dickson is starting camp on the non-football injury list due to a groin injury suffered during his offseason workouts, Carroll said. Seattle released DL Malik McDowell and CB DeAndre Elliott. McDowell, a 2017 second-round pick, never played a down for the team following an ATV accident. McDowell was released with a non-football injury designation, while Elliott failed his physical. Seattle claimed TE Kyle Carter off waivers from the New York Giants.

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