JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 30 Wounded Warrior Project (WWP),a non-profit organization that honors and empowers wounded warriors, todayannounced that Michael Ward, chairman and chief executive officer of CSXCorporation, and his wife Terry have personally contributed $1 million towardeducation and rehabilitation.
The $1 million donation is to support WWP's new initiative called TrainingRehabilitation Advocacy Center (TRACK), which offers wounded warriors criticalservices to complete their transition to civilian lives. With this funding,WWP will build a new education center and create a 12-month education andrehabilitation program based at WWP headquarters in Jacksonville.
The Wards' personal donation follows CSX's $100,000 sponsorship of WWP'sWarriors to Work program, which helps service members recovering fromcatastrophic injuries to build careers in the civilian workforce.
"Michael and Terry's amazing generosity cannot be overstated and is aprime example of the good that corporate leaders and their families can do,"said John Melia, WWP Executive Director. "By funding TRACK, as well as ourWarriors to Work program, the Wards and CSX are giving the severely woundedmen and women of our armed forces access to all of the skills, education andpreparation necessary to not only find a job, but to find a career in whichthey will thrive and succeed."
As part of TRACK, students will receive a scholarship, as well as housingand living expenses. Florida Community College at Jacksonville will provideTRACK classes that can be applied toward a variety of degrees, and warriorswill continue with concurrent physical rehabilitation. Internships andpart-time employment also will be offered students.
"Terry and I are grateful, as are all Americans, for the sacrifice ofthese brave men and women who put their lives at risk to ensure our freedom,"Ward said. "They have given so much to us, and we are pleased to givesomething back. We have admired the work of the Wounded Warrior Project andare proud that its national headquarters are part of our Jacksonvillecommunity."
"More than 30,000 service members have been injured during the global waron terror, and many more have been injured in mind and spirit, Melia said. "Weare gratified that WWP has touched the lives of tens of thousands of injuredservice members and helped them in the transition from a hospital bed to anindependent and productive life," he added.
About Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a non-profit organization whose missionis to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP serves to raise awareness andenlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men andwomen, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other andto provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. For moreinformation, please call (904) 296-7350 or visithttp://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project