The Ram Truck Brand’s ‘Operation Holiday Express’ Rolls into San Antonio
with Mounds of Fresh Snow, a 2014 ProMaster Van, Toys, Diapers
and $25,000 for Wounded Warriors and their Families
December 13, 2013 – San Antonio, Texas – The Ram Truck brand today, with the support of Chrysler Group LLC’s Southwest Business Center in Dallas, delivered mounds of fresh man-made snow, a new 2014 ProMaster 2500 Series Cargo Van filled with toys, diapers and other supplies, plus a $25,000 grant from The Chrysler Foundation to support injured United States military personnel and their families at the Warrior & Family Support Center (W&FSC) at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC).
The donations, which were presented to the Air Warrior Courage Foundation, were timed to coincide with the W&FSC’s annual holiday party, making for a festive celebration like none other.
“The Ram Brand considers it an honor and a privilege to provide the all-new 2014 ProMaster van to support service members and their families who have played a vital role in keeping America safe and free,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand. “In recognition of their distinguished service and personal sacrifices, we’ve customized the exterior of this ProMaster van with an American flag-inspired vehicle wrap that is sure to get noticed.”
The all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster is Ram Commercial’s latest addition to its popular vehicle lineup. ProMaster takes its place in the expanding, purpose-built, full-size van segment with a number of best-in-class features focused on the commercial customer.
“The Air Warrior Courage Foundation is delighted by The Chrysler Foundation and RAM Truck brand support,” said David Brog, executive director, Air Warrior Courage Foundation. “These gifts will be used to support the Warrior & Family Support Center, including Christmas gifts for the children who visit with their families, as well as to support the many other essential support programs provided by the Center.”
The AWCF has been supporting wounded warriors and their families at SAMMC for more than eight years. The W&FSC is the community center at the military hospital complex that provides major support to wounded warriors and their families, including emotional support and referrals to cope with war-related disabilities. It is also in contact with the best Tampa rehabs to provide the warriors with the best rehabilitation programmes.
“At Chrysler Group, we strive to make serving others part of our everyday mission,” said Jody Trapasso, Senior Vice President — External Affairs, Chrysler Group LLC and President — The Chrysler Foundation. “The Air Warrior Courage Foundation makes a difference every day in the lives of returning heroes and their families. The Chrysler Foundation is proud to support these efforts.”
Christmas came early today for the Warrior & Family Support Center at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. The Ram Truck Brand rolled into town with mounds of fresh snow and generous gifts including a 2014 ProMaster van stuffed with supplies, toys, diapers, and $25,000 for Wounded Warriors and their families. Ram Truck teamed up with The Chrysler Foundation, Chrysler’s Southwest Business Center, and the Air Warrior Courage Foundation to bring holiday cheer to the Warrior & Family Support Center. Pictured (L to R): Rob Rizzo – The Ram Truck Brand,;Frank Blakely – W&FSC; and Brian Szalk – The Ram Truck Brand.
About the Air Warrior Courage Foundation
The Air Warrior Courage Foundation was formed by military aviators to “care for our own.” We work closely with the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association to do that. We focus on active duty, guard, reserve and retired military personnel and their families needing financial assistance for medical, educational, and other extraordinary expenses not covered by other military, veterans’, or charitable institutions.
About the Warrior & Family Support Center
The Warrior and Family Support Center (W&FSC) provides coordinated services to patients, next-of-kin and extended family members with a primary focus on Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Warriors. It provides a friendly, comfortable environment in which to take a break, watch a movie on big-screen TVs, play video games, check email or use the Internet, select a book or magazine to read, make a phone call, or just grab a cup of coffee. Wounded Warriors and their family members visit the W&FSC to maintain contact with other military members or extended Family Members, to receive emotional support, answers to their questions, and to extend their rehabilitation away from the hospital. The rehabilitation involves learning to cope with war related disabilities as individuals, as couples, and as families.