Power companies make donation to Virginia Wounded Warrior Project
In a brief ceremony Friday at the Pulaski train station, three Virginia power companies made a combined $3,000 donation to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program’s Southwest Virginia region.
The three companies, Appalachian Power, Dominion Virginia Power, and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative have long been supportive of our nation’s veterans both in their hiring practices and in their commitment to programs that provide assistance for America’s service men and women. Representatives of Dominion and ODEC are visiting in Appalachian Power’s territory to participate in the New River Trail Challenge Triathlon. The joint donation to the Wounded Warrior Program is a way of cementing a friendly competition among all three companies in the Triathlon.
The Wounded Warrior Program is an initiative of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. It was established by the governor and General Assembly in legislation enacted in 2008 to coordinate health and rehabilitative services for veterans and their families. The program draws its strength from the collaboration and cooperation of the several public and private agencies within the commonwealth that provide services to Virginia veterans.
Matthew E. Wade, Region III director of the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, accepted the donation on behalf of the program. “Funds donated to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP) are managed by the Veterans Services Foundation. VWWP utilizes these funds to assist veterans in financial need who have sustained combat related injuries such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and other invisible wounds,”Wade explained.
At the train station today for the presentation ceremony, in addition to Wade, were representatives of all three power companies; state Delegates Nick Rush and Joseph Yost; Jennifer Boyd, a representative of State Sen. Phillip Puckett; Pulaski Town Manager John Hawley; Pulaski County Administrator Peter Huber; Jeffrey S. Worrell, mayor of Pulaski and an Appalachian Power employee; New River Trail Park Superintendent Sam Sweeney; and Steven Boyd of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
More information about the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program can be found at www.WeAreVirginiaVeterans.org.
Submitted by the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Dominion Virginia Power, Appalachian Power, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative
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