Monday, June 11, 2012

AFA’s Wounded Airman Program Gets Support from Air Force Cycling Classic

This weekend hosted the Air Force Cycling Classic, June 9-10, which saw more than 1,700 cyclists of every skill ride through Arlington, VA, to support a cause. And this year's designated principal beneficiary was AFA's Wounded Airman Program! At a ceremony held Sunday, June 10, 2012, AFA received a check for $25,000, raised through pledges made by those participating as part of Team Sabre, Airmen Helping Airmen, to help support this newest initiative. 

This year also had over 55 individual and corporate fundraisers.
“The Air Force Association is very pleased to have been selected as the principal beneficiary of the 2012 Air Force Cycling Classic,” said Mike Dunn, AFA President and CEO. “The nation’s airmen have been dedicated to the war on terrorism, humanitarian assistance around the world and providing national security for us all. We owe it to the men and women of the Air Force to take care of them when they return home in need of care, and this program helps fulfill that duty.”
AFA's President and CEO Mike Dunn accepts the $25,000 check
on behalf of the Wounded Airman Program during an
awards ceremony, June 10, 2012, at the Air Force Memorial.
Earlier this year AFA and its chapters established this program, through the Air Force Recovery Care Coordinators, to help care for wounded Airmen as they make their way from the front line to their home. The Wounded Airman Program helps ease their discomfort by offering a variety of both required and congenial items, ranging from immediate small sundries, gift cards, casual clothing, and entertainment to connection with larger support agencies for longer term support. The program also helps to provide support for family members who come to assist in the recovery and rehabilitation of their loved one.

Arlington Sports, the organization who annually organizes the Air Force Cycling Classic, is dedicated to the development and promotion of amateur and professional cycling and is proud to use their events as a means to help various causes. Proceeds from each of their fundraising events go to designated beneficiaries.

As for the Wounded Airman Program, all donations to date go 100% to the initiative. For more information, click here.

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