CLARKSBURG – Dominion Energy hosted the seventh annual Potomac Highlights Wounded Warriors Outreach (PHWWO) Fly-Fishing Event, Aug. 16-19 at Elk Springs Resort in Pocahontas County.
This program is in coordination with the PHWWO and funded through a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.
“This is an opportunity for those who served and sacrificed to enjoy the beauty of the West Virginia mountains and the challenging sport of fly-fishing,” Ray Seech, Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc.’s director of area transmission operations said.
The 2018 veteran participants include three Purple Heart recipients and one Silver Star recipient with veterans serving in Vietnam to Afghanistan.
Guides from Dominion Energy, both active employees and retirees, assisted 14 veterans and some of their spouses on how to use the proper equipment, casting techniques and, if needed, provided a shoulder when traversing the rugged terrain became a challenge.
The PHWWO is a 501c3 group based in Pendleton County and completely operated by volunteers. The organization was formed to provide wounded warriors with “wholesome outdoor recreational experiences designed to promote self-confidence and a sense of belonging,” according to PHWWO Vice President, Richard Ogden.
In 2017 Dominion Energy awarded $550,000 to organizations serving veterans and military families in seven states. Dominion Energy is also active in the recruitment and support of veterans in its workforce, as well as in the community. The company is a founding partner in the national Troops to Energy Jobs program, which helps military members find rewarding careers in the energy industry. Currently, one in five new hires at Dominion is a veteran, and about 11 percent of the company’s more than 16,000 employees are