TROY, Mich., Aug. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Meritor, Inc. (NYSE:MTOR) announced today that employees at its World Headquarters completed 3,970 pushups as part of a worldwide viral pushup challenge to honor those who serve and raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention. In addition, the company contributed $5,000 from the Meritor Trust to provide outreach and resources for active-duty members and veterans. On average each day, 22 veterans commit suicide.
As part of the 22KILL challenge, Meritor uploaded a video to YouTube that demonstrates its commitment to veterans and the passion of its employees. 22KILL's goal is to log 22 million pushups by people around the world.
"Meritor has a proud history of building components that offer unparalleled performance and protection for those who protect us," said Jay Craig, CEO and president of Meritor. "We also extend our assistance to veterans who have so honorably served in the armed forces through a variety of voluntary efforts championed by employees and funding from the Meritor Trust."
Army Reserve 1st Lt. Dave Rice of Davisburg, Michigan, who is a manager of Product Validation Program Management for Meritor, demonstrated military-style pushups with Army Sgt.1st Class Paul Miller, Sgt. 1st Class Juan Martinez and Staff Sgt. Christopher Haddon of the 2nd Battalion, 337th Regiment Combat Support/Combat Service Support in Waterford, Michigan.
"This issue is particularly important to me because I knew soldiers who have taken their lives. The personal connection is very real," said Rice, who leads Meritor's Veterans Business Resource Group (VBRG). "Our event at Meritor was a way to recognize the men and women from all branches of the armed forces."
Meritor's VBRG supports veterans by focusing on recruitment, retention and professional development of former members of the armed forces at Meritor facilities across the United States. The VBRG assists veterans as they transition from military duty and join the civilian workforce.
Meritor, Inc. is a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. With more than a 100-year legacy of providing innovative products that offer superior performance, efficiency and reliability, the company serves commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world. Meritor is based in Troy, Mich., United States, and is made up of approximately 8,400 diverse employees who apply their knowledge and skills in manufacturing facilities, engineering centers, joint ventures, distribution centers and global offices in 19 countries. Meritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MTOR. For important information, visit the company's website at www.meritor.com.
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