Mannington recently supported Honor Flight, a non-profit organization that sponsors trips for U.S. military veterans to see the Washington, D.C., memorials of the war(s) in which they fought. On the first Saturday of June, war veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam travel to D.C., on an all-expense paid trip that includes breakfast, lunch, and a travel buddy who accompanies the veteran to ensure his/her comfort and enjoyment.
“Our associate Glenn Munyan volunteers with Honor Flight and he put us in touch with them because he felt it was in line with other charities Mannington has supported in the past,” said Betsy Amoroso, senior director of corporate communications for Mannington. “It’s a great organization.”
Glenn Munyan, IT network services specialist, added, “Having been involved with this remarkable program as an Honor Flight Guardian for five years, it has truly increased my appreciation of these men and women who have sacrificed so much to maintain our country’s freedom.”
This is the first year Mannington has backed the cause and Amoroso noted that the company is delighted to sponsor lunch for all the veterans and their guardians, about 260 people.
In appreciation of the sacrifices made by U.S. veterans beyond the Garden State, Mannington Mills has also worked with the Gary Sinise Foundation, which supports active duty, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones by building specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans through its Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment (R.I.S.E.) program.
“These men and women have lost a lot of the normalcy that their lives had before war,” said Amoroso. “It means a lot to us to be able to do our small part to help them get back to a normal life and have some sense of independence in their own homes. Without them being fitted to accommodate their special needs, they wouldn't be able to have that option.”
Mannington previously donated hardwood flooring to a home customized to accommodate a veteran in Duluth, Ga., and recently provided its Mountain View Hickory hardwood for another home in Maysville, Ga. Amoroso traveled to Maysville for the unveiling of the home, prepared for Marine Cpl. Sean Adams and his family in May.
“It’s an honor to be a small part of the effort to better serve our severely wounded veterans, who put their lives on the line for our country,” Amoroso said.
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