Wounded Warriors in Action visit Rockport
Rockport-based John's Guide Service showed three combat-wounded U.S. military veterans a good time on the Skagit River in June.
Members of the Wounded Warriors in Action organization—all Purple Heart recipients—took a fi shing trip with the local guide service, which is owned and operated by John and Corrina Koenigof Rockport. The veterans came from Pennsylvania, and Selah and Anacortes, Wash. WWIA founder John McDaniel traveled the farthest, flying in from Florida.
The visit included a chili feed fundraiser on June 9 at the Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport.
The event culminated with a dinner at Concrete American Legion on June 10, where the Koenigs presented McDaniel with a check for $2,800 for WWIA. The money raised paid for all trip expenses, with enough left over to give to the organization.
Founded in 2007, Wounded Warriors in Action (WWIA) connects Purple Heart recipients with American sportsmen to provide world-class sporting events. To date, the organization has served more than 100 Purple Heart recipients. Its driving purpose is to reconnect veterans with their peers and American society.
A former Navy man, John Koenig understands the challenges of serving one’s country, then coming home to a society that sometimes can be ignorant and disapproving of those who have fought in support of its freedoms.
"There are thousands of military members coming home from the war right now, and nobody knows about them," said Koenig. "This is a way to help them reconnect with society, with their peers."