Thursday, July 15, 2010

Giving back to vets

Many of OOIDA’s 154,000-plus members are military veterans. The number is near 40 percent, according to the OOIDA Foundation.

We’re reminded of the strong tie between vets and truckers every year when OOIDA’s “Truckers for Troops” program rolls around, combining to gather contributions and distribute care pages to troops overseas. In 2010 alone, Truckers for Troops processed 602 boxes of care packages to U.S. troops stationed overseas, including care packages for 7,224 soldiers.

With that in mind, I thought I’d pass along some information about an effort to improve a facility used by many vets in the Midwest.

Lowe’s is donating materials and volunteer hours to make several improvements this Saturday to the VA Medical Center in Kansas City, MO.

Thirteen different Lowe’s stores in the greater Kansas City area have volunteered to send 10 store employees to add carpet, paint and new cabinetry to the veterans’ recreation hall kitchen, as well as install pavestone walkways and a gazebo for the VA Cancer Survivor Garden. The group also will add landscaping and repair some existing landscaping on the hospital grounds, and repaint several patient rooms.

The improvements were selected by Lowe’s as part of its Heroes Campaign – a volunteer program that encourages employees in local areas to team up and work on a project to help organizations in their area.