Nearly twenty Wounded Warriors are at Elk Springs Resort in Randolph County for Dominion Energy’s 7th Annual Fly Fishing Retreat.
Each year, Dominion Energy works in collaboration with Potomac Highlands Wounded Warrior Outreach program to host a weekend full of relaxation and sports fishing.
“It’s very relaxing. You’re out here; you don’t have to think about anything. It is you and the fly and the river, and the guides and the veterans and Warriors, they just bond and talk and everyone gets to relax,” said Dominion Energy Transmission Director of Operations, Ray Seech.
The 2018 veteran-participants include three Purple Heart recipients and one Silver Star recipient with veterans serving in Vietnam to Afghanistan. Officials say the retreat is a great way to get warriors out of the house and enjoying the outdoors.
“We all walk the same walk, talk the same language, and it’s very important to bring them out and just let them turn life off. There’s no stress,” said PHWW Vice President, Richard Ogden.
“You stay to yourself; you keep to yourself. We don’t fit in a lot in public, and unfortunately, the public don’t understand where these men and women have been. So, we bring them out here.”
Warriors strap on their waders and head out to the river with a volunteer from Dominion Energy to learn proper fishing techniques and catch a few native trout.
Dominion Energy employees and retirees volunteered to act as guides for the long weekend. Guides are working to assist the fourteen veterans and their spouses on how to use proper equipment and casting techniques.
The ‘Potomac Highlands Wounded Warriors Outreach’ organization was formed to provide outdoor recreation experiences to promote self-confidence and community. Officials say they hope to host the event for years to come.