WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Local Window World store owners sponsored a mission for the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) on May 2. Three wounded veterans traveled from Washington, D.C. to Destin, Florida for the EOD Memorial Weekend. The soldiers attended fundraisers as they honored fallen EOD (explosive ordinance detonation) comrades. The event was created by the EOD Warrior Foundation to pay homage to service men and women from all branches of the military who have died as a result of an EOD mission, and to provide support for wounded EOD personnel. Funding for the aircraft and pilot were provided by Window World stores in Washington, D.C.; Central Valley (Virginia); Winchester (Virginia); Las Vegas (Nevada); Fresno (California); and Bakersfield (California).
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One of the soldiers on the transport mission was Taylor Morris, a Navy EOD 2 tech and quadruple amputee who was injured in 2012 in Afghanistan. "I'm grateful that we got to attend EOD Memorial Weekend," said Morris. "We celebrated the lives of our fallen brothers and raised money for a worthy cause. It is always fun to go meet up with the dudes you haven't seen in a while." Other veterans on the Window World corporate plane included Army EOD Tech Sergeant Rob Easley, who lost both legs in December 2012, and Marine EOD Tech Staff Sergeant Tim Brown, who is a triple amputee and was injured in February 2011.
The VAC is a non-profit organization that facilitates free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families through a network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. To date, Window World has supported 40 missions for the VAC, and this is the second mission sponsored specifically by Greg Deathridge and Melinda Hawks, owners of six Window World franchises including a location in Washington, D.C.
"We are so honored to support a mission uniting soldiers to pay respect to their comrades," said Deathridge. Representatives from the Window World sales team were in attendance to meet the veterans and show appreciation for their service. "Our entire organization is proud to have been part of this second mission and have the opportunity to meet these incredible people."
Greg Deathridge and Melinda Hawks are the owners of Window World locations in Washington, D.C.; Central Valley (Virginia); Winchester (Virginia); Las Vegas (Nevada); Fresno (California); and Bakersfield (California) selling quality replacement windows and doors with excellent service at low prices. Window World is America's largest replacement window company with stores and offices in more than 200 cities nationwide. Window World sells and installs more than one million residential replacement windows annually and its products have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal five years in a row. For more information, visit www.WindowWorld.com or call 1-800 NEXT WINDOW.
Veterans Airlift Command
The Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) facilitates free private air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes. All flights are made available through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. To learn more about the VAC, visit www.veteransairlift.org.
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CONTACT: Greg Deathridge Owner, Window World of D.C., Inc. Phone: 703-378-7999 E-mail: GDeath@winwrld.com Erika Guess Reed & Associates Marketing for Window World, Inc. Phone: 757-962-7375 E-mail: Erika@ReedandAssociatesMarketing.com