[caption id="attachment_4963" align="alignleft" width="300"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/08\/WoundedWarriors2014sm.jpg"><img class="wp-image-4963 size-medium" src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/08\/WoundedWarriors2014sm-300x199.jpg" alt="Former Army paratrooper Bucky Tarring casts a line into the Elk River during a visit to Elk Springs Resort last week. Beside Taring is Fred Bell, a Dominion employee and volunteer fishing guide. " width="300" height="199" \/><\/a> Former Army paratrooper Bucky Tarring casts a line into the Elk River during a visit to Elk Springs Resort last week. Beside Tarring is Fred Bell, a Dominion employee and volunteer fishing guide.[\/caption]\r\n\r\nFor the fourth year, Dominion Transmission, Inc., sponsored a fishing outing for disabled veterans at Elk Springs Resort, just across the Randolph County line on the Elk River. Ten disabled veterans were provided three days of plush accommodations, gourmet dining and superb fly fishing.\r\n\r\nBrian Sheppard, of Bridgeport, is Dominion Transmission's Vice President of Pipeline Operations.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's a great opportunity for Dominion to give back to the veterans who have given so much \u2013 not only to our country, but to our communities,\u201d he said. \u201cIt's our way of giving back to them. We've actually hosted this event, this is the fourth year here in West Virginia working with the Wounded Warriors.\u201d\r\n\r\nA Dominion employee with fly fishing experience is assigned as a guide for each disabled veteran. Sheppard doesn't have to use coercion to get volunteers.\r\n\r\n\u201cThat's tough, on a workday, to ask someone to go fishing,\u201d he said. \u201cEverybody has a great time. Elk Springs Resort just does a phenomenal job here. We're set up to handle anyone of any ability. They can fish in the ponds here or get down on the stream. We team them up with our employees, who volunteer their time. It's one of those events where our employees have as much fun as the veterans.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cWe walk away from these events, we take away a lot of understanding of the veterans and what they sacrificed,\u201d he said. \u201cIt's a good opportunity for us to learn how fortunate each of us are.\u201d\r\n\r\nDominion employee Fred Bell is a retired Army Sergeant Major.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe came in last night and had a nice cookout and a little 'meet and greet,'\u201d he said. \u201cI got to meet everybody and it's been really good getting to know these guys and trying to give back for what they've done for our country.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhat did the veterans do for the country? Most of them sacrificed physical capabilities and some sacrificed their mental well-being in the course of their military service.\r\n\r\nBucky Tarring, of Louisa, Kentucky, severely injured both legs during an Army parachute jump. Tarring was able to scramble across rocks and fish from the bank of the Elk River, only with great difficulty and assistance from Bell, his Dominion guide,\r\n\r\nThe former paratrooper said Elk Springs staff made a special effort for the vets.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere's beautiful places up here,\u201d he said. \u201cI love it. If I could, I'd live up in here. The people that's put us up here and everything have been, truthfully, unbelievable. Everyone has been fantastic. Anything they can do, they'll do. They'll go out of their way to make you happy.\u201d\r\n\r\nAfter enlisting in the Army, Tarring planned to make the Army a career. But his plan \u2013 and his legs \u2013 were shattered by something as arbitrary as shifting wind.\r\n\r\n\u201cI put seven years in, I was infantry, messed myself up on a jump,\u201d he said. \u201cI jumped out and, when I was getting ready to land, the wind shifted on me and I came in the wrong way. I hit and my knees shattered underneath me. That was the end of me, as far as being infantry. They tried to put me in other fields and that just wasn't for me. I couldn't be behind a desk.\u201d\r\n\r\nDominion employee Jason Bryant, of Jane Lew, was enjoying his first year as a guide.\r\n\r\n\u201cThese guys have sacrificed more than enough for us to be able to come here and enjoy these rivers, and for our country as a whole,\u201d he said. \u201cIt's really satisfying to be able to show them something that I enjoy doing and, hopefully, impart a little bit of knowledge. I hope it continues. I'm going to come down every chance I get.\u201d\r\n\r\nArmy infantry veteran Ron Curry survived one of the most brutal battles of the Vietnam War - the Battle of Ia Drang. On November 17, 1965, Curry's unit, the 2nd Battalion 7th Cavalry, and another battalion were ambushed by several hundred North Vietnamese Army regulars. A desperate 16-hour battle resulted in 155 Americans killed and 124 wounded.\u201d\r\n\r\nCurry is recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The combat vet said the Wounded Warrior fishing trips help him learn how to deal with people.\r\n\r\n\u201cI got PTSD and I isolated a lot,\u201d he said. \u201cThis is a coping skill for me. I used to isolate so much I didn't want to be in big crowds. With other veterans, they understand what I've been through and how I deal with it. It's a coping skill. I go to the Vets Center every two weeks and we have therapy there. These trips help me get back into society a little bit.\u201d\r\n\r\nDominion employee Rod Jennings, of Bridgeport, has been a guide for three years.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt's been a great experience,\u201d he said. \u201cI've been here for three years and, when I go back to work on Monday morning, I'll wish for it to be the next year already. We meet a lot of good friends and veterans who have done so much for us. It's something we all look forward to.\u201d\r\n\r\nRaymond Guineri, of Pritchard, was a member of SEAL Team Eight during the Vietnam War. He found out about the Wounded Warrior fishing program from Daron Dean, the proprietor of Elk Springs Resort.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Dean family allows us to come up here every year. They open up their hearts and their kitchen and they're really blessed people,\u201d he said. \u201cMr. Dean, his father served in Korea, as well as World War Two.\u201d\r\n\r\nGuineri moved to West Virginia from Pennsylvania several years ago.\r\n\r\n\u201cI love this state, that's why I moved here,\u201d he said. \u201cI love the people. I love the attitude \u2013 the closeness of family, the priority of what God is. They appreciate country-minded folks and people who are life-smart, not necessarily book-smart.\u201d\r\n\r\nLarry Flynn is the president of Potomac Highlands Wounded Warrior program.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe support from both sides is just great,\u201d he said. \u201cThe Elk Springs Resort people are fantastic and what Dominion does for us \u2013 you just can't describe \u2013 both financially and personnel involvement. The event just wouldn't be possible without the superb support from Dominion and Elk Springs Resort going out of their way to make it work.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor more information, see potomachighlandswoundedwarrior.com.