Whether they’re running, walking or volunteering, several people plan to gather in Watertown on July 27 to support wounded veterans by participating in the Watertown Warrior 5K Run/Walk.
The event was first conceived when Melissa Vaught and her two sons and veterans, Daniel and Michael, wanted a way to give back to other veterans.
This led the Vaughts to organize a 5K run/walk through the Wounded Warrior Project. All proceeds from the event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides a number of services for wounded veterans.
The Wounded Warrior Project's mission is “to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to your military service on or after Sept. 11, 2001.”
Vaught said the project gets wounded veterans beyond just existing and boosts their morale. Daniel Vaught has friends who were directly affected by the project, such as an amputee who was given shoes for his prosthetics and a soldier who had been shot being given a special bike to help regain his strength.
“I saw that people are being touched by it.” Melissa Vaught said of her decision to support the Wounded Warriors Project.
Vaught hopes to raise awareness, as well as money, to support veterans through the Watertown Warrior 5K Run/Walk, which will be the first of its kind in the area. Vaught began planning the event in January and is optimistic of the support it's already received. Several organizations have already signed up to run in the event, and Vaught was able to get several sponsors already.
In addition to the 5K run/walk, the event will include a flag retiring ceremony.
Vaught and her family look forward to seeing the community come out and support the veterans July 27. Walkers and runners may register for the event at active.com.