DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits are often out of reach for paralyzed military veterans. With the help of ITC employees, more veterans will have access to specialized all-terrain wheelchairs.
Through charitable contributions from employees, ITC has raised funds to purchase nine track chairs from Action Trackchairs to be used by veterans in states and communities served by the electric transmission company. Two of those chairs will be provided to the Iowa chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
"Sports and recreation are vital to the rehabilitation and quality of life of our disabled veteran heroes," said Kimberly J. Gould, executive director, Iowa Paralyzed Veterans of America. "These Action Trackchairs will provide the mobility necessary to participate in outdoor activities that would otherwise be impossible. This gift from the employees of ITC is life changing for these veterans."
Joe Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp. said, "The work that the PVA performs for veterans – not only helping them with mobility through the use of track chairs, but helping them maintain their quality of life by reintroducing them to sports as well as doing research on spinal cord injuries is critical to better treat and help veterans and others in the future. I am grateful for our generosity toward this cause, I know it's one that many of us hold very near to our hearts."
Headquartered in Cedar Rapids, ITC Midwest is the Iowa-based operating company of ITC. ITC Midwest has more than 90 employees working out of its Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Perry and Iowa City facilities in Iowa, and Albert Lea and Lakefield facilities in Minnesota.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America
A congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
About ITC Holdings Corp.
ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) is the nation's largest independent electric transmission company. Based in Novi, Michigan, ITC invests in the electric transmission grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, lower the overall cost of delivered energy and allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems. Through its regulated operating subsidiaries ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains, ITC owns and operates high-voltage transmission facilities in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, serving a combined peak load exceeding 26,000 megawatts along approximately 15,600 circuit miles of transmission line. ITC's grid development focus includes growth through regulated infrastructure investment as well as domestic and international expansion through merchant and other commercial development opportunities. For more information, please visit ITC's website at www.itc-holdings.com.
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