17-Apr-2012 Source: EADS North America
Â This year has brought an exciting new partnership between EADS North America and Rivers of Recovery, a unique non-profit organization offering outdoor recreation rehabilitation programs to combat veterans.
As part of its commitment to American veterans, EADS North America has pledged to support the rehabilitation efforts of Rivers of Recovery by providing $35,000 in funding for their programs.
The news arrives on the heels of Rivers of Recovery’s recent announcement of their Empower 1,000 Veterans campaign, a campaign in which they hope to raise money to provide 1,000 $2,000 scholarships to veteran participants.
“We are proud to contribute to Rivers of Recovery’s outstanding programs, which provide our veterans the support they need and deserve,” said Sean O’Keefe, Chairman and CEO of EADS North America. “The decision to partner with Rivers of Recovery was an easy one, in keeping with our commitment to help U.S. combat veterans make a successful transition home and find success in the civilian workforce.”
EADS North America’s family of U.S. defense and homeland security products includes the UH-72A Lakota helicopter, which is manufactured for the Army and Navy in Columbus, Miss., by a workforce that is 53% U.S. military veterans.
“Rivers of Recovery is an innovative leader in their field, offering a program that is unique in its combination of outdoor recreational therapy and lessons in the self treatment of PTSD and depression symptoms. We are pleased to offer our support to Rivers of Recovery and hope our industry peers will consider doing the same,” O’Keefe said.
Founder and Executive Director of Rivers of Recovery, Dan T. Cook, shared his sentiments. “The generosity shown by EADS to our organization will truly impact our programs as we remain dedicated to a founding principle of Rivers of Recovery — to offer medically-proven rehabilitation to veterans at no cost to them. Contributions like those made by EADS make this possible.”
Rivers of Recovery is an innovative, national non-profit that utilizes outdoor-based activities to effectively treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety in Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans. The organization has achieved national media attention for its unique programs and results-driven treatments, which combine outdoor activities such as fishing and rafting with a medically-designed curriculum of therapeutic techniques.
For more information on Rivers of Recovery, please visit www.riversofrecovery.org