Great Smokey Mountain Hike with the 110%ers

Team: Nelson Corbin, (USA, Ret)

Michael Chaney, (USA, Ret)

Matthew Dansbury, (USA, Ret)

Please read on and see what this fearless group of SOF retires are up to. Its special, and its purpose is awesome. Please consider sponsoring, assisting, donating to this group. 100% of all donations will go to a Gold Star Family member for college tuition. Members of the group are each donating $500.00 apiece to start the fund going. This will be an annual event. The team members are covering all expenses out of pocket so all of the donations can be put toward our Gold Star Family. Wounded Veterans Retreat Program is providing the logistics and support team. Enjoy reading about this epic adventure and don’t forget to donate!!

Purpose: A team of retirees, all combat veterans and all special operations, each with their own major medical issues which they have overcome, will hike the Great Smoky Mountains (20 - 30 September 2015) along the Appalachian Trail (AT) from Fontana Dam to Newfound Gap under sponsorship to assist Gold Star Family Members in paying some of their Higher Education Tuition Funding Costs.


1. To assist and support Gold Star Family Members with some of their Higher Education Tuition Funding Costs.

Their parents answered the call as Service Members to support and defend the constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies foreign and domestic and paid the ultimate price with their lives for all American Citizens to enjoy the freedom and rights we have today!

2. To show solidity with all Veterans, Retirees and Combat Wounded Soldiers that they can still challenge themselves in any endeavor regardless of physical & mental injuries sustained in training or combat.

We all have limitations placed on us due to our medical, physical injuries and ages but our spirit to always push forward and overcome all obstacles is what makes us special. We are ARSOF Army Strong Retirees still striving to give 110% in all we do.

3. Four ARSOF retirees each with their own major medical surgeries/issues (Stage 4 Cancer Survivor, Major Back Surgery, Multiple Total Knee Replacements, a Heart Transplant, others to minor to list) they have survived and are still fighting today, but will hike together in the fall in the Great Smoky Mountains along the Appalachian Trail.

4. The scholarship fund is called the “Peter Andrew McKenna Scholarship Fund”, named after MSG P. Andrew McKenna, 7th SFG (A) soldier who was killed last month in Afghanistan. Mr. and Mrs. McKenna will be on hand in November at the presentation ceremony to give the fund to the Gold Star recipient.

All donation checks must be written out and mailed to:

Wounded Veterans Retreat Program, Inc.

PO Box 619

Parkton, NC 28371

In the lower left hand corner of the check, please indicate Gold Star Scholarship Fund. Your sponsorship and donations are greatly appreciated!


Go to and click on the donation button to donate by credit card or Pay Pal.

For more information or questions:

Nelson Corbin

(910) 850-9695

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