April 30, 2024


Roadway Operator Fixes and Paints Fencing, Removes Downed Trees on Wooded Trails Around Haymarket Veterans’ Retreat

Manassas, Va. April 30, 2024– On Thursday morning, volunteers from I-66 Express Mobility Partners (I-66 EMP) once again gathered at the Willing Warriors peaceful Haymarket campus for another spring cleaning session, continuing their annual tradition of assisting the non-profit and the families they serve.

For the benefit of the recovering veterans and military service members who spend multi-day stays at the Warrior Retreat – operated by Prince William County-based non-profit and I-66 EMP partner Willing Warriors – the volunteers replaced and painted fence planks, provided a skid-steer front-loader to relocate concrete and mulch, and removed a large fallen tree to ensure the hiking trails in the retreat’s 21 acres of forest are safe and maneuverable for visitors.

“We’re delighted to welcome our friends from I-66 EMP back here to the Warrior Retreat,” said Dianne Polk, director of operations for Willing Warriors. “Their volunteer work has made a tremendous impact on the beauty of our property and helps us serve our dedicated Warriors even more.”

The return visit to the Warrior Retreat is a continued demonstration of I-66 EMP’s commitment to enhancing quality of life for all Northern Virginians, particularly the region’s retired and active-duty service members and their families.

“It was a pleasure to come back to the Warrior Retreat for our second consecutive year of spring cleaning,” said Nancy H. Smith, director of corporate affairs for I-66 EMP and one of the group’s volunteers. “Willing Warriors does amazing work for recovering service members and their families, and we fully support their mission of providing a ‘home away from home’ for our nation’s uniformed heroes.”

About Willing Warriors:

Willing Warriors began on July 12, 2012, as a volunteer and community-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing our country’s recovering wounded, ill, and injured military service members, veterans, and their families with programs that positively affect their well-being and lives. Willing Warriors operates The Warrior Retreat at Bull Run, a 37-acre estate overlooking the historic Bull Run Mountains in Haymarket, Virginia. The Retreat features two beautifully appointed ADA-accessible homes offering wounded Warriors and their families no-cost five-night respite stays. The stays allow the Warriors and their families a temporary escape from the day-to-day demands of recovery in a hospital or rehab environment. For more information, visit www.WillingWarriors.org.

About the 66 Express Outside the Beltway:

Part of VDOT’s Transform 66 Outside the Beltway program, the 66 Express Outside the Beltway is a transformative 22.5-mile multi-modal mega-project featuring advanced dynamic-tolling systems to keep traffic flowing at all times. The lanes provide Northern Virginia commuters, businesses, and mass transit with a reliable option to move people, goods, and services throughout the I-66 corridor, allowing drivers to Sit Less, Live More. Visit www.Ride66Express.com to learn more, and keep up with the 66 Express Outside the Beltway on Facebook and Twitter.