The Veterans Committee 3rd Quarter Meeting was held by Local 514 in Tulsa, OK this month. We were honored to have the Spartan Sword at the meeting to make the Spartan Pledge. Since the Sword is so new, it did not have a designated shipping container. The Chairman of the committee, Pete Meyer, asked Local 514 member Dale Lantz if one could be made. Without hesitation he jumped on the idea and with approval the mission was set. Vern Smith took the reigns and created a beautiful and permanent shipping container for the Spartan Sword as its journey's continue. Thank you to these men and to Local 514 in helping to ensure the safe travels of the Spartan Sword and what it represents.
Thank you to all those who contributed and/or participated in the 2016 Operation Free PX. TWU and it’s members raised a total of $224,790.10 in cash and in-kind donations. We could not have done this without all of your support. The recipients of the items were very grateful.
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On behalf of the Veterans Committee we hope everyone enjoys their holiday weekend. Please take a moment out of your day at a BBQ, camping, fishing, working, or whatever activity you have planned to remember those who gave ALL for our freedoms. Memorial Day is a day of reflection and to recognize our fallen but not forgotten heroes!
The TWU Veteran’s Committee (TWUVC) convened their quarterly meeting in Chicago this week, hosted by Locals 512 and 572, with attendees from 15 other locals around the country. As part of TWU’s promise to invest in our veterans and strengthen the committee structure, the Veteran’s Committee has been hard at work pursuing an ambitious agenda aimed at broadening member communications, increasing legislative activity and continuing to support important charitable causes.
One issue facing the committee is employer compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a critical issue for a number of wounded warriors returning to work and requiring accommodations at their work sites. Members devised an action plan that locals can implement to hold management accountable for notifying employees of ADA procedures. The committee also coordinated final preparations for the Hank Trujillo Memorial Operation Free PX drive, an annual charity event recently renamed in honor of the late TWUVC chair. Finally, they developed a plan to organize additional fundraising and construction support for Building Homes for Heroes, a national organization that helps construct homes for service members returning from overseas.
The TWUVC believes strongly in the concept of members coming together across divisions, industries and braches to help veterans, and is guided by the TWU United Invincible motto: standing committed to serve those who need us most. As Brother Jesus Zamarron from Local 571 put it, “It was great to see the committee continue to grow, and I was personally inspired by what the members are doing back at their locals to carry out this mission.”
On December 8 and 9, the TWU ATD Veterans Committee co-led the distribution of hundreds upon hundreds of holiday gifts and necessities to wounded soldiers and their families at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Working in conjunction with Operation Military Embrace, a Texas-based military support organization, the Committee raised $8,000 and brought in an overwhelming number of goods donations from TWU members and locals across the country.
“These guys and gals are hurt, and they’re here beyond their control,” said Jose Galarza, US Army veteran and the TWU International’s ATD Veterans Committee Liaison. “They can’t be home for Christmas with their families. We try to help them and make their Christmas as good as we can. We [TWU Vets] understand what veterans go through and how hard it can be at times.”
Since the summer, Veterans Committee members worked to secure donations for their wounded fellow servicemen. Jose Martinez, a US Marine Corps veteran and TWU Local 571 member manned a donation bin in the American Eagle terminal. Shirley Kolling, a US Airforce veteran and TWU Local 575 member set up buckets at American Eagle ticket counters.
“People don’t always take into account how much razors cost, and how much laundry soap and diapers cost, and how that accumulates month after month,” said Jennifer Nelson, a Warrior Transition Battalion member at the Brooke Army Medical Center. “They get a break from that, take some of that financial strain off of them so that they can enjoy the holidays a little bit more.”
The drive served approximately 2,000 soldiers, along with their spouses and children. “Toys for the kids, bicycles, electronics, houseware items — you name it, we have it,” said Jose. “We received donations from the Transit Division, the Rail Division, and the Airline Division."
“We had about three U-Haul trucks,” said US Army veteran and ATD Veterans Committee Chairman Hank Trujillo. “We're helping families of Wounded Warriors celebrate a little bit more joyous Christmas.”