ATLANTA, April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific announced today the company will commit a minimum of $75,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) through GP's "Make it Better" campaign in 2016. Donations by GP PRO will benefit WWP's 20 direct programs and services, such as caregiver retreats, combat stress programs, and career and education opportunities. These services ease the burdens of the wounded, their caregivers, and families by aiding in the recovery process and smoothing the transition into civilian life.
"Wounded Warrior Project is grateful to GP PRO for the support and care they have shown to the wounded veterans we serve," said Gary Corless, chief development officer at WWP. "Their generosity provides WWP with the critical resources that we need to continue providing life-saving programs and services to our alumni, free of charge."
America's injured service members carry the wounds of war, both visible and invisible. Since its inception in 2003, the mission of WWP has been to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, the WWP vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history.
"I'll never forget the call telling me my son was severely wounded in combat with life threatening injuries. I'm grateful he's alive and doing well today but it changed his life, and mine, forever," said Cindy Gitter, senior account executive with GP PRO whose son Nathan Harris served as a sergeant in the Marines. "As a caregiver for a wounded vet, I'm proud to work for a company that supports this great cause."
Through 2016, GP PRO will make a donation for each case sold on select Brawny Industrial® Wipers and Georgia-Pacific Industrial Hand Cleaning System, which are used routinely in the manufacturing and industrial sector. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in seven people working in this sector is a veteran, numbering 2.3 million men and women nationwide.
This latest commitment to veterans builds on the more than $2 million donated to WWP since 2012 through Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products.
"The physical and mental wounds these warriors have to overcome takes a tremendous amount of strength. We're proud to say 'thank you,'" said John Strom, senior vice president marketing, GP PRO. "Our brands like Brawny® have always signified strength. Now we get to draw the parallel of these qualities to people who have exemplified them and done so on our behalf."
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Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs approximately 35,000 people worldwide. Georgia-Pacific is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., a privately-owned company headquartered in Wichita, Kan. Both companies have a strong tradition of focused community investment in communities where they have operations.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose 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, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
About GP PRO
GP PRO manufactures and sells well-known brands like Brawny Industrial®, enMotion®, Compact®, Angel Soft Professional Series® and food service brands including Dixie®, SmartStock® and PerfecTouch®. A division of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, GP PRO designs products to meet the specific restroom, food service and break room needs for a wide range of industrial and manufacturing facilities but also for commercial facilities in office building, healthcare, food service, high traffic, lodging, retail and education sectors.