MELVILLE, N.Y., May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today announced that it has donated 1,500 oral health kits to the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI) that were included in care packages prepared for active-duty U.S. troops and veterans in need. MSAWI is a non-profit organization committed to supporting U.S. troops stationed overseas and in the U.S. The donation is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global social responsibility program.
The oral health kits contain a toothbrush and toothpaste and were included in many of the care packages assembled by volunteers during MSAWI's "Support Our Troops Day" on April 3. Approximately 2,000 care packages were assembled, 1,500 of which will be sent to troops stationed in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The remaining 500 care packages will be given to veterans living in homeless and transitional shelters throughout the U.S. Each care package includes a number of items, such as personal care and hygiene products, books and games, snacks, and letters of appreciation from the volunteers.
MSAWI was created in honor of Stuart Adam Wolfer, who began serving in the Army Reserves in 1993 upon his graduation from St. Louis's Washington University. He served in Kuwait from August 2004 to October 2005, and was re-activated in December 2007 to the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq – Logistics/Operations. On April 6, 2008, he was killed while working out in a fitness center in Baghdad's Green Zone during a mortar attack that killed another officer and wounded 17 other soldiers.
"MSAWI is honored to partner with Henry Schein, a company whose generosity means so much to our troops and veterans," said Beverly Wolfer-Nerenberg, President of MSAWI and Major Wolfer's sister. "MSAWI is designed to get Americans at home into action. We did not simply want to be a fulfillment center. We wanted all of the 'Support Our Troops Day' event participants to recognize to whom they are making and sending care packages, and this day certainly achieves our goal."
In addition to assembling care packages, MSAWI's "Support Our Troops Day" featured educational programs. In the "military academy," veterans and active-duty soldiers shared their experiences, and in the "boot camp," children learned to salute, march, and make and read maps. MSAWI's other flagship programs include Cell Phones for Soldiers—which has provided troops with more than 900,000 free calling card minutes—and Stars For Our Troops, which transforms old and worn American flags into keepsakes for active-duty soldiers and veterans.
"We are pleased to partner with the Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute in its mission to support our armed forces stationed throughout the world and our veterans here at home," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. "By engaging the community in its outreach efforts, the Institute also ensures that our servicemen and women are recognized and honored by the very people they sacrifice so much to protect. We at Henry Schein are honored to be a part of that community, and we hope that this donation helps troops and veterans maintain good oral health."
About MSAWI (Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute)
Officially known as The Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute, MSAWI is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports US Troops and Veterans. On April 6, 2008 Major Stuart Adam Wolfer was killed while serving in Baghdad, Iraq at the age of 36. Major Wolfer was a son, brother, husband, father, and friend to many. MSAWI celebrates Major Wolfer's legacy by cultivating awareness, action, and appreciation for the sacrifices made by military service members, past and present, through engagement in educational programs, community service projects and special events.
About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.
Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of "doing well by doing good." Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. "Helping Health Happen Blog" is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs nearly 19,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 110,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 33 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.6 billion in 2015, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.
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