CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems is proud to support the nation's veterans with the donation of $100,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® through its ISR & Space Systems business. A check presentation event was held at the Windsor Locks, Connecticut, facility today. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
This is the fifth consecutive year that UTC Aerospace Systems has supported Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Other veterans' recognition and fundraising events are planned at eight ISR & Space Systems locations across the country during Veterans' Week.
The $100,000 donation will help support Wounded Warrior Project programs which address the urgent and long-term needs of this generation's injured service members and their families.
"At ISR & Space Systems, supporting the warfighter is core to what we do every day, providing our customers with technology and advanced tools that enable mission success," said Tom Bergeron, president ISR & Space Systems. "Our commitment to service personnel extends beyond the battlefield, and we are proud to show our support for veterans when they return home."
The ISR & Space Systems business has also invited injured veterans to share their stories at eight of its facilities. "Supporting veterans is important to our employees, and hearing from the injured veterans makes a strong connection to the work our employees do every day," said Bergeron.
"We are grateful for the support UTC Aerospace Systems is providing to help Wounded Warrior Project's programs and services," said Adam Silva, chief development officer of Wounded Warrior Project. "While the financial support is tremendous, they are also doing their part to build awareness of the challenges injured veterans face. We're honored by their commitment to the warriors we serve."
Over 52,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.
UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries.
About Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its ten-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its commitment to serving injured veterans for their lifetime. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP currently serves over 59,000 warriors and nearly 8,500 family members through its 20 unique programs and services. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
SOURCE UTC Aerospace Systems