Serving Our Willing Warriors aims to help wounded soldiers

5:03 PM, Oct 27, 2013   |    comments
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  • Photo from SOWW Webpage
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HAYMARKET, Va. (Aisha Chowdhry, WUSA9) -- A couple from Virginia held a benefit golf tournament to help wounded soldiers and their families. 

The tournament was held in mid-October. The benefits go towards setting up the "Bull Run Warrior Retreat", where soldiers and their families can relax during the recovery process. 

Sergeant first class Tonce Cutler is transitioning back to normal life after being in the battlefield, and he has found just the right sport. 

"Coming from the battle zone to a nice place like's very relaxing to an individual who has possibly seen nothing but sands and rocks and mountains for the last year," Cutler said.  

That is one of the reasons why John and Shirley Dominick held this golf tournament. This was a benefit for their non-profit, Serving our willing warriors, also known as SOWW. That is a place where soldiers can get help and a 'home away from home.' 

"The goal is to do whatever we can for one person. I mean, if it changes one persons life, that's our goal," said John.  

SOWW aims to build 4 houses on 44 acres of land which provide a getaway for soldiers and their families. For Shirley, who has served 22-years in the Air Force, she considers it her duty to give back to the military. 

Shirley has committed herself to working towards helping wounded soldiers. "This is truly to my heart, how we as a community can give back to those who serve," she said. 

People like Sgt. Culter understand that, but he also has a message for people who are not in his shoes.

"Know that we have been somewhere other people haven't and appreciate that." 

Written and Reported by Aisha Chowdhry

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