Oil and gas company workers from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania came together to raise money for veterans. They hosted a gun tournament held here in the Ohio Valley.
The gun tournament was held at the Special Tactics and Rescue Training grounds. The event was called the Ohio Tactical 3 Gun Tournament, where each team had to include one veteran.
“It gives us a little bit of feeling about what they do in their line of work and the sacrifices they made and then with their exposure to our industry, we give them a feeling about what our industry is all about,” Edgemark Drilling Manager Long Hunt said.
One of the veterans involved in the event Friday was Navy Seal veteran, Jim Woods, who jumped out of a plane, holding the American flag. Woods said being able to jump out of the plane with the flag symbolized his patriotism.
“Doing events for people for veterans especially for the veterans who have given so much for our country to come out here and shoot and raise awareness and do things for these veterans again it’s heartwarming it serves a purpose,” Woods said.
All of the money that was raised goes to “It’s About the Warriors Foundation” as well as students in the Tri-State area. “It’s About the Warriors” assists and empowers post 9/11 veterans and their families through transitional, economic, therapeutic, and health/wellness programs.
Executive Director Steve Monteleone said events such as this are almost therapeutic in a way for the veterans.
“It’s very unique in the fact that you’re getting them involved in this activity you’re getting them out of the house, getting them to do things that they like to do. That’s what we like to do at our foundation is coming up with events that you can get them tied in.” Montelenone said.
Officials said $5,000 was raised to go towards scholarships and $10,000 was raised to go towards the “It’s About the Warrior” Foundation.