Capital Tour Raises Funds for Wounded Vets Program - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Capital Tour Raises Funds for Wounded Vets Program

Posted: Updated:

CHARLESTON- Marching 20 miles across every state capital in the U.S. for a good cause. Monday night veterans and military supporters ended their 7-hour march at the capitol grounds, building community for our active and retired warriors. The Capital Tour is marching, or rucking, through 50 states raising money for Operation Enduring Warrior.

Danny Stokes is a 23-year vet of the U.S. Army. He led the group Monday through Charleston.

"I was in 1st special forces group and I did several oversees assignments and deployments since all of the typical hot spots since 9/11," Stokes told 13 News.

Stokes has been retired for 13 years, but these days he's busy volunteering with Operation Enduring Warrior or O.E.W.  He serves as a team athlete, helping wounded warriors compete in physical challenges- like Spartan races or the Green Beret challenge. 

O.E.W's mission statement is to honor, empower and motivate wounded warriors with physical challenges.

"We can't support our military and veteran community enough, and although we aren't focused on law enforcement or fire service community, they certainly experience a lot of the same trauma that our military forces experience in combat. So every citizen in this country owes a debt," Stokes explained.

O.E.W also offers mental and emotional supporting, knowing many wounded warriors have an even more difficult time transitioning out of the armed forces.

"Well this has helped me in the transition in leaving military service and adjusting to the life outside of the military, what we refer to as the civilian world. OEW has given me a purpose by helping veterans to deal with some of the trauma they've experienced," Stokes said.

So while the 20-mile hike with a 20-lb bag may seem like a daunting way to raise funds and awareness, Stokes looks to the perseverance of his wounded brothers and sisters for inspiration and encouragement.

You can donate to O.E.W. here.

  • Domestic Violence Victim Empowered by Sharing Story

    Domestic Violence Victim Empowered by Sharing Story

    Saturday, October 21 2017 5:13 PM EDT2017-10-21 21:13:40 GMT

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and this week the YWCA is celebrating a Week Without Violence. This comes as dozens of women accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. As survivors are empowered to their story online, the YWCA hosted a rally on Kanawha Blvd in Charleston, to raise awareness for the cause. 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 5 men in West Virginia are victims of domestic violence. 

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and this week the YWCA is celebrating a Week Without Violence. This comes as dozens of women accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault. As survivors are empowered to their story online, the YWCA hosted a rally on Kanawha Blvd in Charleston, to raise awareness for the cause. 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 5 men in West Virginia are victims of domestic violence. 

  • Dress for Success Stiletto Stroll is Coming Up this Weekend

    Dress for Success Stiletto Stroll is Coming Up this Weekend

  • Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis Wears High Heels for a Good Cause

    Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis Wears High Heels for a Good Cause

    Wednesday, October 11 2017 12:39 PM EDT2017-10-11 16:39:19 GMT

    Our Chief Political Reporter, Mark Curtis, tried on some heels for a good cause last night.

    Our Chief Political Reporter, Mark Curtis, tried on some heels for a good cause last night.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Maggots found in catheter of nursing home resident

    Maggots found in catheter of nursing home resident

    Friday, October 20 2017 12:06 PM EDT2017-10-20 16:06:12 GMT

    The survey found the nursing home “failed to ensure necessary care and services were provided for hygiene and urinary catheter maintenance” for one resident.

    The survey found the nursing home “failed to ensure necessary care and services were provided for hygiene and urinary catheter maintenance” for one resident.

  • Officer Involved Shooting In Eastern Kanawha County

    Officer Involved Shooting In Eastern Kanawha County

    Saturday, October 21 2017 1:12 PM EDT2017-10-21 17:12:51 GMT

    According to dispatchers and and a source with Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, there has been an officer involved shooting near the Walmart in Quincy, West Virginia. It appears there was a pursuit that ended in the parking lot of Walmart with a two vehicle crash according to Metro Dispatch. Details are still coming in as units are still on scene investigating.

    According to dispatchers and and a source with Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, there has been an officer involved shooting near the Walmart in Quincy, West Virginia. It appears there was a pursuit that ended in the parking lot of Walmart with a two vehicle crash according to Metro Dispatch. Details are still coming in as units are still on scene investigating.

  • Large Industrial Fire Ongoing at Ames Plant in Parkersburg, WV

    Large Industrial Fire Ongoing at Ames Plant in Parkersburg, WV

    Saturday, October 21 2017 11:44 AM EDT2017-10-21 15:44:29 GMT
    Courtesy: Wood County 911Courtesy: Wood County 911

    A large industrial fire broke out overnight in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and it is continuing to burn this morning. 

    A large industrial fire broke out overnight in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and it is continuing to burn this morning. 

Powered by Frankly