Serving five foreign tours of duty during 15 years with the Army came close to killing Ryan Caldwell. Coming home to a medical retirement came even closer.
“I hit rock bottom,” he said before crediting fishing for helping him rise from the ravages of trauma, alcohol and the dregs of depression. As he recovered and settled in Olympia, he founded a free fishing service for veterans called Got Your 6, a military term for “got your back.”
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