Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
Julie McCauley, (616) 863-3998
Bates® Footwear Partners with Wounded Warrior Project to Honor and Empower Wounded Warriors.
Rockford, MI (January 2011) Bates Footwear will be partnering with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization that supports thousands of wounded warriors each year during their transition back to civilian life.
WWP began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded servicemen and women has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover. Over 40,000 of our nation’s armed forces have been physically wounded during the current military conflicts. Hundreds of thousands more are estimated to be recovering from invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, and traumatic brain injury.
WWP assists wounded warriors and their families through a holistic approach to their recovery. Whether through caregiver retreats, combat stress programs, career and education services, or adaptive sporting opportunities, WWP empowers warriors with the tools essential to not just survive their injuries but to thrive and achieve personal and professional success.
Bates Footwear is proud to announce our partnership with Wounded Warrior Project to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members. It humbles us to know that we may be playing a small role to help troops heal from the physical and emotional wounds they have suffered while serving our nation.
Manufacturing quality boots and shoes to protect the men and women that wear them is part of the value that drives Bates to give back. “We are grateful to show our support and gratitude to warfighters who have honored our country with incredible sacrifice by supporting a worthy cause such as Wounded Warrior Project” said Ron Woznick, Bates VP & General Manager.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
About Bates Footwear
Founded in 1885 as a dress shoe manufacturer, today Bates® Footwear has become one of the most popular and preferred footwear brands in the US military and civilian uniformed law enforcement communities. The Bates brand is represented at each of highly respected military academies and in some of most selective and prestigious uniformed communities within the US: Tomb of Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National cemetery; Old Guard in Washington DC; in addition to many Special Forces communities. The brand has emerged as the market leader with its singular focus on providing innovative and athletic footwear of the highest quality available. In 1969 Bates joined Wolverine World Wide, Inc. and is now headquartered in Rockford, Michigan. In addition to the US market leading position, the Bates brand is sold in more than 60 countries on six continents. For more information, visit www.batesfootwear.com.