Our Mission

To create experiences that empower veterans to help themselves and others. The Wounded Walk is a movement located in Leesburg, Virginia. Our goal is to challenge, motivate, and empower physically and mentally wounded military veterans by leading wilderness excursions, camping treks, and mountaineering expeditions. The Wounded Walk also advocates for the advancement of post-combat treatment for wounded veterans.

What's Next for TWW?

THE WOUNDED WALK  has facilitated a partnership that has allowed us to send nearly a dozen service men and women to the Tony Robbins event “Unleash The Power Within” in July 2017. This weekend event is designed to empower individuals to harness their internal strength and motivation to accomplish all they can out of life!

Remembering Jeremy Michael Lee

(Feb 11, 1978 – Nov 29, 2016)

Jeremy Lee was the best son, friend, and father you could ever hope for and he impacted countless lives on his journey in life. Although Jeremy wasn’t a Marine because he was unable to enlist due to his injuries and prior major surgeries, he invested years of his time, money, and heart to serve his country and our fellow veterans in his own way.  As continued support, the Lee family has donated J. Lee Farms to The Wounded Walk. We are currently in the process of creating a Veterans retreat located in Leesburg, Virginia on the J. Lee Farm. This wellness center style retreat will allow families and our nations Veterans to recharge, reconnect, and reestablish their purpose in life.

The Story

The idea to create The Wounded Walk originated in an Outback Steakhouse in San Diego, CA.

Adam Shatarsky and Chris Senopole, while enlisted with the 2nd Battalion 5th Marines, sat in a booth at an Outback Steakhouse and discussed their life plans for after their time with the United States Marine Corps. To this day, neither Adam nor Chris know who came up with the idea to start The Wounded Walk, but once the idea was on the table, these Marines never looked back.

A walk across the United States was the daunting idea – 2,700 miles from Camp Pendleton, CA to Washington, DC, all to raise awareness for their wounded brothers and sisters in arms. In April 2013, Adam and Chris started planning their journey – planning their route, notifying friends, and spreading the word of wounded veterans in need.

Over several months, thousands of miles, and many pairs of shoes, Adam went on to complete the journey and inspire a nation. One of those impacted by the trek was former high school class mate and fellow Marine, Ross Delafield.  Ross left work the day Adam was finishing his trek, double parked his car on Constitution Avenue, and ran over to express his interest in continuing the walk.

Together, The Wounded Walk would go on to become an official 501c3 non profit, complete a walk from NYC to DC (carrying a 40lb log plus gear), walk across the Mojave desert (in August), and carry 50lb sandbags from the Florida Keys past Miami. They have covered thousands of miles and inspired countless Veterans to empower themselves and others.

Join the team and see what its all about!

We are currently seeking Walkers, Trekkers, Climbers, Riders, and recipients of our grants now. Apply today and be the change!

The Log

The log is a 40lb Memorial that represents those who have taken their own lives. We carry this everywhere we go in honor of those who lost their grip.

Nearly 22 US Veterans take their own lives EVERY day. That is over 8,000 per year. 40,000 since 2010.

The log is a reminder that there is life after service and although the weight of carrying on can be heavy, there is also still hope.

CHALLENGE | MOTIVATE | EMPOWER

Meet The Team

We’re the ones who started it all…

  • Adam Shatarsky

    Adam Shatarsky

    3,188 miles walked
    @ThlegSaber

    Adam Shatarsky was born and raised in Leesburg, Virginia, is a graduate of Loudoun County High School, and has been a life-long fan of the Washington Redskins. Adam has always been driven by adventure, along with the spontaneity and adrenaline rush that comes along with new journeys. In 2002, it’s this sense of adventure that brought Adam to New York City for the better part of seven years. Adam knew something was missing from his life – a purpose, a true passion, a mission to pay it forward. The mission of true purpose hit Adam when he passed a United States Marine Corps recruiting center in downtown Manhattan. He would hold onto this dream for two years before acting on it.

    Adam would spend four years in the United States Marine Corps with the 2nd Battalion 5th Marines Weapons Co. (Retreat Hell!) stationed in Camp Pendleton, California. In 2011, Adam served in Japan during the search and recovery mission following the major earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country. It was during his time in the United States Marine Corps that the idea of “The Wounded Walk” would come to fruition. “If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?”

  • Ross Delafield

    Ross Delafield

    794 miles walked
    @RossDelafield

    Ross Delafield was born and raised in New York City, spending the majority of his childhood in the Big Apple before his family relocated to northern Virginia. Ross would attend Loudoun County High School where he was a pitcher and played outfield for the Raiders baseball team. Sports were always a passion for Ross and the perfect way to release stress. However, it is the United States Marine Corps that has always held the top spot in Ross’s heart.

    Immediately following his 18th birthday, and even before graduating high school, Ross would join the United States Marine Corps being stationed at Camp Lejeune. Ross would be placed with the 2nd Battalion 8th Marines and was assigned to the H&S companies 240 Golf Machine Gun team. Ross was a 6th Award Expert Rifleman and had a 300 PFT. He would also be course certified as a Marine Corps Motor Cycle Rider.

    He was a part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2001 and involved in The Kosovo Force (KFOR), a NATO-led international peacekeeping force which was responsible for establishing a secure environment in Kosovo. He reached the rank of Corporal and was Honorably Discharged in February 2003.

    After service Ross became a certified Personal Trainer. He would privately train clients and eventually gain enough knowledge to become a General Manager, managing health clubs and most recently running his own personal training business. Ross has always thrived on helping others and looks to take his two passions – the United States Marine Corps and helping others – and assist wounded veterans one step at a time.