Face of America Bike Ride - April 27-29
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I’m training for a big personal challenge the weekend of April 27-29, 2012. World Team Sports is hosting their tenth Face of America Bike Ride, a two-day ride of 110 miles from our Nation’s Capital to Gettysburg. The ride honors the men and women wounded in the nation’s military service. Riders include many wounded warriors as well as current active military. Hundreds of able-bodied citizens also participate.
I’ll be riding on the Capital One Bank Team who is the presenting sponsor of the three-day event. It’s a great honor for me to join the Capital One Team to honor the men and women who have been injured serving our country.
As I train for this event, I’m reminded that United Way NCA supports many nonprofits who are providing valuable support to our veterans, reserves, active military and their families. With over 500,000 active duty military and their families, and tens-of-thousands of veterans in the region, plus more government budget cuts forthcoming, it’s clear we have an emerging crisis.
The needs are compelling and the facts are undeniable. From homeless veterans and veterans lacking job skills, to wounded warriors and military families depending on food stamps, we believe the situation requires a more aggressive approach. For our area, United Way NCA intends to build additional focus and support for relief (veterans, service members and family needing basic needs), stabilization (wounded warriors, mental/emotional concerns and unstable family situations), and workforce readiness (for veterans and active military returning to civilian life).
Over the next few months United Way NCA will be “building-out” this program to better address the most compelling needs for this highly valued constituency. And, as I train for the Face of America Bike Ride, I’m reminded every day of the important work United Way NCA is accomplishing and will accomplish for the men and women whose valor and service we honor. Additionally, I’m also reminded of how valuable Capital One’s sense of corporate social responsibility is to your community.