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Veterans Day Celebration

Monday, November 24th, 2008
5:54 pm

Veterans Day photo

Our Veterans Day was filled with activities in New York City. First, Lin, Advisory Board member Peter Eldredge and I attended a breakfast at Gracie Mansion hosted by Mayor Bloomberg. It was well attended by the Veterans community.

Lin and Scott

Then, it was off to the Intrepid to listen to President Bush (who arrived via Marine One landing on the Battleship Bataan (LHD-5) next to the Intrepid to receive the 2008 Intrepid Freedom Award), NY Gov Patterson, Senators Schumer and Clinton and witness the rechristening of the fabled aircraft carrier, after a two-year renovation. Bill White, the Intrepid’s President ably organized a very moving ceremony and tribute to those who serve. We were fortunate to meet the Marine Corps Commandant, General James Conway, who offered remarks at the ceremony.

Fox Strategy Room

In the afternoon, I participate in an hour-long segment on Fox News (The Strategy Report) hosted by Harris Faulkner (her father is a Vietnam Vet). The NYC parade was a great success, thanks to the tireless work of Vince McGowan (who also presented the President with a special award), Pat Gualtieri and the United War Veterans Council of New York. Here are some photos of the day.

USS Intrepid Ceremony

On Veterans Day, we were proud to announce our strategic partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The WWP provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life; through their activities (Soldier Ride, among many others) and support, they honor the heroes of the 9/11 generation. Most of these warriors have suffered extraordinary injuries that would have been deadly just a few years ago; now, they face emotional and physical hardships that the rest of us,those more fortunate, can only imagine. Veterans Advantage is honored to partner with WWP in providing complimentary lifetime memberships to these American heroes.

Advisory Board Members Gerry Byrne (Sr. VP, Nielsen Media) and Peter Eldredge with Scott Higgins

If you know someone injured (physical or psychological, stateside or deployed) on or after October 7, 2001(OEF), tell him or her to become a WWP Alumni member at alumni.woundedwarriorproject.org. You may also be eligible for the program if you are the spouse or family member and joining on behalf of a warrior, and if you were injured before but participated in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Scott and Peter with Marine Commandant and General James T. Conway

In our discussions to set up this special ongoing partnership, top management at WWP were particularly impressed with Veterans Advantage’s package of everyday savings benefits – providing valuable financial relief in this difficult wartime economy. And in this week’s newsletter, we highlight just a small sampling of these benefits so you can kickoff a happy – and prosperous – 2008 holiday season.

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