Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announcement
ELYRIA, Ohio – Within days of Memorial Day, a group of veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may receive the good news that they have hoped for: to be able to receive specialized medical treatments arranged by the charitable organization For the Love of a Veteran, Inc., based in Hanover, Penn. The treatments will be funded by a $10,000 grant from R.H. Sheppard Co., Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC.
The gift was delivered at a check-presentation ceremony and media event held June 2 at Sheppard’s North American headquarters in Hanover. With this award, For the Love of a Veteran, Inc., will be able to increase access to specialized medical care for a select group of veterans. The 501(c)(3) organization provides aid to deployed troops and homeless veterans. It is focused on raising awareness and support for veterans and active military members, especially those with PTSD.
Pandemic Did Not Deter Bendix’s Community Involvement
The gift is part of Sheppard’s continued and long-standing commitment to support and engage community initiatives. It comes at an opportune time, on the heels of Memorial Day and as Sheppard is commemorating the first anniversary of its joining with Bendix in June 2020.
R.H. Sheppard – one of Hanover’s largest employers, with more than 725 team members – is an industry-leading manufacturer of steering systems for commercial vehicles in the North American market. Bendix is the North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management, and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles.
“Bendix and Sheppard are honored and proud to support veterans in the Hanover community with corporate grant funding – as part of our pledge to support the communities where our people live and work,” said Maria Gutierrez, Bendix director of corporate responsibility and sustainability. “Our employees in Hanover told us they wanted to support veterans in the community, and For the Love of a Veteran, Inc., is the perfect fit for this support. The organization implements many meaningful projects and demonstrates a strong show of support for our veterans and currently deployed troops. And we hope this initial gift will kick off continued collaboration between Bendix and For the Love of a Veteran, Inc., going forward.”
Support from the Veteran Community
One of the individuals who supported the charitable service organization during its quest to win corporate funding from Bendix was Jeremy Ivins, a site facilities professional at Sheppard and a military veteran himself. Ivins had recommended the organization for consideration and selection to receive Bendix’s corporate grant funding through Sheppard.
“Hanover is a small community and we have a very strong veteran presence, and I appreciate this organization’s selfless commitment to serve both veterans and active service members,” Ivins said. “For the Love of a Veteran, Inc., and its founder does a lot in the community to support veterans, including motorcycle rallies, which I have attended. And I appreciate that the organization does all of this without taking a paycheck, which makes For the Love of a Veteran, Inc., stand out among veteran support organizations.”
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