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ARA Pledges $10,000 to Special Operations Warrior Foundation

October 2012

In 2012, ARA contributions focused on providing support to America’s wounded warriors, fallen soldiers and their loved ones. ARA created a matching contribution plan for donations to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), a charitable organization whose mission is to foster and improve the quality of life for families of those to whom the nation owes a great debt of gratitude.

For over 31 years, SOWF has cared for wounded special ops personnel and their families in various ways. The foundation provides two primary programs. One is full college scholarships and educational counseling to the children of fallen special operations personnel. The second is immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel so that family members can be at their loved one’s bedside during recovery. As one of the most highly rated charities for the sixth year in a row, it has received a 4-star rating from the nation’s leading charity watchdog group, the Charity Navigator.

Special ops personnel always play an important role in protecting the nation. During peacetime, they can still be in harm’s way conducting special missions around the world. Failure is never an option for them. When they have given their lives so others may live freely, their story often goes untold.

"ARA is proud to be involved with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Our men and women serving in the military have sacrificed so much to secure the safety and freedom of our nation," said Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Dr. Frank A. Maestas. "These wounded military personnel and their families live with those sacrifices each day – we are thankful to be able to help ease their burden in any small way."

“This generous gift from the men and women of ARA will provide college educations to the children of fallen warriors,” said SOWF President, John T. Carney, Jr.  “I can think of no greater way to honor the sacrifices of our men and women serving in special operations than to make sure their children are never forgotten.”