Appalachian Power, Dominion Virginia Power and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative have long been supportive of the nation’s veterans in hiring practices and support of programs that provide assistance for veterans.
Representatives of Dominion and ODEC visited Appalachian Power territory in Pulaski to participate in the New River Trail Challenge Triathlon. With the joint donation, the three utilities cemented a friendly competition in the triathlon event.
The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program is an initiative of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, established by the governor and Virginia General Assembly in 2008 legislation to coordinate health and rehabilitation services for veterans and their families.
Funds donated to the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program are managed by the Veterans Services Foundation. Matthew E. Wade, Region III director of the program, accepted the donation Friday. The agency uses the funds to assist veterans in financial need who have sustained combatrelated injuries such as posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries “and other invisible wounds,” Wade said.
“Dominion appreciates this opportunity to continue its support of Virginia’s servicemen and women and their families,” said Jim Beamer, a legislative affairs manager for the utility. “These citizen soldiers have given of themselves for the rest of us, and we are glad to be able to give something back.”
Mary Begley, a community affairs manager for Appalachian Power, said her utility and Dominion are also participants in “Troops to Energy” to provide employment opportunities for veterans.
ODEC President and CEO Jack Reasor said his company “is proud to support the Wounded Warrior Program by participating in the triathlon event. “Being a part of a worthwhile event reflects our concern for community, one of the seven principles that ODEC and Virginia’s member-owned electric cooperatives live by.”
More information about the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program is available at www.WeAre VirginiaVeterans.org.