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Getting Ready for another Great Year with WWP

Author: Dave Bennett
Dave Bennett 2013April 29, 2014

A message to the Alliance from...
Dave Bennett 
Senior Vice President 
Procurement & Exclusive Brands
IGA USA


Memorial Day is less than a month away, and that means it's time to gear-up for our fourth-annual IGA Wounded Warrior® event! IGA is proud to say that we have been associated with WWP for so many impactful summers now, and proud of the fundraising efforts of IGA Licensed Distribution Centers, select Red Oval Family Partners, and most importantly, IGA retailers and their shoppers.

Something special happens when warriors experience a positive and lasting impact; it gets passed on. It might be a helpful tip about combat stress shared between warriors on a ski slope; roommates at a WWP event inspiring each other to get involved in the community; or a graduating warrior pushing another veteran to enroll in school. WWP calls this the "ripple effect," and that concept has changed the lives of warriors and their families all across our country.

Through your commitment and the support of IGA shoppers, WWP, its warriors and their families are continually honored and empowered. They are adjusting successfully back to civilian life and achieving new goals and triumphs.
Take a look at how IGA donations are making a difference for our warriors and their families:

• 90 percent of warriors stated peer support received through WWP's programs positively affected their ability move forward with life.

• The WWP Benefits team has assisted in awarding over $22 million dollars of benefits to injured service members.

• 93 percent of warriors said they developed greater self-esteem as a result of participating in a physical health and wellness event.

• 85 percent of warriors assisted through the Warriors to Work program remain employed 12 months later.

You make it possible for WWP to provide life-changing programs to countless warriors and families. There is much work still to be done, but your support of WWP is making a difference. So let's make it our goal to hit the $1 million dollar mark this summer for our four year contribution with WWP.

Again, thank you for being such great partners in WWP's mission to honor our Wounded Warriors!

Thank you,
Dave Bennett