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American Ends with 'I Can'

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I had the privilege of attending the Segs4Vets event this year, proudly on Nestlé Purina’s behalf.

Segs4Vets is a nonprofit organization that awards Segways and ALLY chairs (wheelchairs designed for people who cannot make productive use of a Segway) to men and women of the United States military who have sustained severe injuries while serving our country. Segs4Vets made their first presentation in 2005 and has awarded over 1,500 Segways since.

I had the honor of sharing a table and dinner with Corporal Cody Stanton, United States Army (Ret) and his mother. Also seated at the table were other retired military personnel who devote their time to the program. Corporal Stanton joined the military in 2010 and was injured on January 26, 2012. He was serving in Operation Enduring Freedom when he stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device). The injuries he sustained resulted in the bilateral above-the-knee amputation of both legs and damaged his left hand. His last surgery was just two weeks prior to the dinner. Corporal Stanton is currently considering returning to school. This reminds me of a quote from our Founder, William H. Danforth, who said that "American ends with 'I Can'".

This year’s recipients were awarded their Segways and ALLY chairs at an on-field presentation at an on-field presentation prior to the start of a recent St. Louis Cardinals game.

Also at this year’s dinner were Jerry Kerr, president / co-founder of Segs4Vets, who accepted the Spirit of Hope Award on behalf of the Segs4Vets Team. The award is presented for outstanding service to the U.S. by men and women of the United States Armed Forces, entertainers and other distinguished Americans and organizations whose patriotism and service reflect that of Bob Hope. The award was presented by one of 76 living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Colonel "Barney" Barnum.

It was very special to be at this event celebrating the bravery and patriotism of our U.S. military. I am proud to be part of a company that knows exceptional people exist both on and off the battlefield. We hire veterans to join our family at Purina not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because they bring an exceptional set of skills so few have – accelerated learning curve, composure, elite leadership and advanced technical training to name a few. It will continue to be part of our mission to welcome more veterans into our organization. There's a lot we can learn from each other.

Are you a veteran, or know a veteran, ready to transition? Consider joining us.

 

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