Wounded Afghanistan Veteran Raises Money for Other Vets

Sergeant First Class Micah Welintukonis, of Coventry, was seriously wounded in Afghanistan in July 2012. A year later, Welintukonis is raising money for other wounded veterans.

Welintukonis is on a 60-mile, four-day walk from Willimantic to West Hartford to raise money for several organizations that support veterans, including the Wounded Warrior Project, the V.F.W., and the American Legion. He and his supporters have stopped at several posts along the route. Welintukonis says he plans to donate proceeds to each post, including the West Hartford American Legion which he will end his walk at on Friday.

Welintukonis’ progress can be monitored on his website by clicking here.

Walk for Wounded Warriors And Veterans

Sergeant First Class Micah Welintukonis, of Coventry, in the foreground on the left, walks with Carl Thomas, of Manchester, right, who was a mentor figure to him as he was growing up. In the background accompanying Welintukonis on his trip are Jason Blakesley, left, of Coventry, and Jesse Roche, of Old Lyme and an on-air personality for 97.7 WCTY.

  • Micah Welintukonis, second from right, and his supporters an American Legion in Hartford along the way, however, they found the post closed when they arrived.
  • Micah Welintukonis walks past the Marquis de Lafayette on Lafayette Circle on Washington Street in Hartford Thursday afternoon.
  • Welintukonis, and Carl Thomas, of Manchester, take a break from their 60-mile four-day fund-raising walk at a Vietnam memorial on New Britain Ave. in Hartford.
  • Welintukonis uses his phone to update his website with his current status during a break along his trek.
  • Dan Goodkofsky, of Windsor, administers first-aide to blisters on the feet of Welintukonis at a rest stop in Hartford along the walk.
  • Welintukonis puts his backpack back on after a break at a Vietnam memorial on New Britain Ave. in Hartford.
  • Former Windsor police officer and green beret Vietnam veteran Carl Thomas, of Manchester, takes a break at a Vietnam memorial on New Britain Ave. in Hartford. Thomas was a mentor Welintukonis when he was a boy.
  • The vest and backpack of Iraq veteran Matt McDonald, of Weathersfield, rests on the pavement during a rest stop along the route. McDonald did not know Welintukonis prior to this fund raising event, but said he joined the walk to support wounded veterans like himself.
  • A small group of supports walks with Micah Welintukonis as he makes his way through Hartford.
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