iWarriors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to honor severely injured soldiers from all branches of the Armed Forces by providing personalized technology packages to aid in their rehabilitation and recovery. With help from members of the American Mold Builders Association, MoldMaking Technology, colleagues, suppliers, and friends to the industry, we can honor and assist these brave men and women.
Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!
Without donations none of this would be possible. Since our last newsletter, we have received over $22K in donations. A special thank you goes to our newest corporate sponsors: MR Mold in Brea, CA, United Tool & Mold in Liberty, SC, and Prestige Mold in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
Rick Finnie of M.R. Mold shared these thoughts on his continued support for iWarriors:
"We have been on board with this program from the start, and I've even challenged my employees to raise funds and the company will then match their donations. I've been lucky enough to visit Camp Pendleton and the San Diego Naval Hospital and see the tablets distributed to wounded vets there. Wow... What an eye opener that was. We all shed quite a few tears. I was blown away at the attitude those men had, as they were seriously upset that they were letting down their fellow soldiers by being in the hospital and not covering their buddies' backs. They were very appreciative we were there for them, and the tablets they received enables them to better connect with others."
Become an iWarriors Corporate Sponsor and proudly show support to your employees and colleagues! Your company name and logo will be listed as a Corporate Sponsor on promotional materials such as ads in Moldmaking Technology and logo placement at events. In addition, iWarriors merchandise will be sent to you so that you and your team can show your support!
A $500 donation buys a veteran a tablet. Of course, any amount helps! You can donate or become a sponsor HERE.
Teaming Up With MoldMaking Technology
The iWarriors mission has received great support from the mold making community, and we would like to thank a leader in that community, MoldMaking Technology Magazine. Each month, an ad appears that keeps the cause visible, and new for this year is the mention of our Corporate Sponsors.
Thanks to all at MMT, as your support is helping to make a difference!
Click HERE to read to a recent MMT article featuring iWarriors.
Recent Technology Recipients
We reviewed applicants and awarded pre-loaded tablets, laser engraved with the iWarriors logo and the recipients' name, to twenty-four individuals. Here are a few of their stories:
Waylon S., Kansas
Wayne served during the onset of Operation Iraqi freedom. His efforts as a heavy combat engineer helped to secure the Mosul airfield. Wayne suffers from severe combat PTSD, numerous broken bones, nerve damage, decreased lung functions, and hearing loss.
Al Q., New Jersey
While serving in Afghanistan, a donkey was brought to the gate by a boy. The donkey was carrying explosives. When they detonated, Al was knocked to the ground from the impact and loss consciousness. He suffers from a taumatic brain injury and PTSD.
Deron S., Lousiana
Deron's vehicle was struck by an IED. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, as well as bi lateral shoulder, knee, ankle, back, and jaw injuries. He has recently undergone his 26th major surgery due to combat injuries.
Greg R., Texas
Greg was the lead vehicle driver for convoys in Iraq. His vehicle was blown up by a Vehicle Based IED. Greg suffered from injuries to his body along with a concussion and traumatic brain injury.
Gerardo B., California
Gerardo is a two-time purple heart recipient. He was awarded his first when an IED exploded underneath his Humvee. His second was given after an RPG penetrated his Humvee and exploded.
Hosting an Event?
Are you beginning to think of hosting a golf outing or 5K as things start to get back to normal? Think of iWarriors as your benefactor! We'll provide additional support and invite colleagues from the mold building industry.
Thanks to Tony Demakis of Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales for hosting a great golf outing last year raising funds for iWarriors to directly help the lives of our heroes. Making a difference!
Stay tuned for more to come...
More tablets are currently going out, and we'll be sharing the stories of these heroes. Meanwhile, some of the past recipients are shown here. Any questions? Contact us at info@iWarriors.org.