Phillips Industries recently raised and contributed over $30,000 to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation, an organization that helps severely wounded, injured, or ill post 9/11 veterans.
More than 51,000 members of the armed forces have been seriously wounded or injured in combat since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, according to the the foundation. Sixty percent of post-9/11 disabled veterans are unemployed or have dropped out of college.
The Wyakin Warrior Foundation provides mentoring, financial support, professional development, and networking tailored to each veteran's situation and goals, culminating in an education and meaningful employment. The program includes a community service project, completed by each "Warrior" while in school, to help realize and demonstrate their potential as community role models.
During the HDA Truck Pride Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, Phillips Industries held a promotion in which 5% of the proceeds were contributed to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation.
"The amount donated by Phillips to the Wyakin Warrior Foundation will more than cover the cost to fully fund a wounded, injured or ill veteran through the program,” said Todd Monroe, executive director of the foundation.
“Wounded veterans have sacrificed so much, and we at Phillips Industries saw a way to pay them back through the Wyakin Warrior Foundation programs,” explains President Rob Phillips. “The college education and degree offered to a military veteran through the foundation is a fundamental stepping stone to his or her future, and we’re glad to support that.”