One of the things I love about my job in the Army is working with medical providers. Seeing the different services each branch can provide is very interesting to me. It’s also nice to see how the process works when a service member is separated due to injuries sustained in training or on the battlefield. Knowing what’s available and the gaps in care is key to understanding and enabling wounded veterans to live a more fulfilling life.
One of the most common injuries I came across while working in a hospital unit were lower back and stress fractures in the legs. These would render the soldier unable to do physical activity without pain and as a result, they were given time to rehabilitate their injuries. But sometimes, their injuries just were unable to be rehabilitated to regain the soldier a pain-free life and under certain circumstances, they had to be medically separated. This is just a small example of the types of injuries that can cripple a soldier’s ability to walk. For the soldiers who returned from Iraq or Afghanistan without their lower extremities, this is the life they live every single day. Some suffered back or spinal injuries that make even standing unbearable.
This is why I am so glad that United Rentals has taken up the task of helping wheelchair-bound veterans regain the ability to walk. United Rentals is the world’s largest equipment rental provider, with a network of over 880 rental locations in 49 states and 10 Canadian provinces. They are all about deploying the best people, equipment, and solutions to enable their customers to safely build a stronger future. They are constantly putting people and the community first and have an integrated Military Skills Translator Tools to help qualified veterans get recruitment and work placement. United Rentals has a workforce of veterans that make up 13% of total employees! I love a company that not only gets behind supporting veterans with words, but also actions.
One of their biggest actions is Turns For Troops. Partnering with RLL Racing and driver Graham Rahal in the IndyCar Series, United Rentals’ Turns for Troops initiative will donate $50 to SoldierStrong for every lap completed by Graham this racing season up to $100,000. SoliderStrong This provides scholarships as well as SoldierStrong SoldierSuits – cutting edge exoskeletons to help injured veterans regain mobility. For every $50 dollars donated, SoldierStrong SoldierSuit can provide one day of mobility to an injured veteran!
Helping empower veterans and allowing them to regain mobility is important to me. These wounded service members are returning to the civilian world with painful injuries and need our help. By giving them their mobility back, veterans can return to work, they can participate in family activities, and can just do things we take for granted – like walking to the mailbox.
If you are looking for a way to support veterans this summer, Turns For Troops is a fantastic way to do so. All you have to do is click the link and you are on your way to making someone’s day. As of June 16, 2016, Graham has completed 951 laps which amounts to $47,611! You can donate now and help United Rentals give veterans their next step forward.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of United Rentals. The opinions and text are all mine.