Bank of America Asks Consumers to Join Them in Expressing Thanks to Military Service Members and Veterans This Fall

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Bank of America has launched a campaign that could raise up to $250,000 for Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). It is called “Express Your Thanks,” the broad-ranging campaign asks consumers, employees and sports fans to make simple gestures of gratitude that will each generate a $1 donation from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation*. “Express Your Thanks” launched on September 11 and will continue until Veterans Day.

The centerpiece of the campaign is a website that will collect images and messages of thanks to service members and veterans. To participate, individuals can take a photo or write a message and share it on www.bankofamerica.com/troopthanks. Alternatively, they can upload a picture via Instagram or Twitter and tag it with #troopthanks. The images uploaded to the website will be turned into a patriotic digital mosaic.
“We are always looking to build on our 90-year history of support for the military, through philanthropic endeavors, recruitment and hiring practices, or specialized banking services,” said Jeff Cathey, senior military affairs executive at Bank of America. “The programs we are putting in place this fall allow our customers and employees, or anyone for that matter, to deliver heartfelt messages of thanks and meaningfully support service members and veterans through WWP.”

In support of the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which will take place on October 7, the company is encouraging Chicagoans to visit any of the city’s 172 Bank of America banking centers to sign water bottles with words of thanks to members of the military, past and present. These bottles will be collected and used to create a patriotic mosaic at the marathon’s Health and Fitness Expo at McCormick Place Convention Center October 5-6. The mosaic will also be on display in a special “Military Mile” portion of the race course. This critical section at the tail end of the 26.2-mile course will be decorated in honor of those who serve.

At the Bank of America 500, motorsports fans will be invited to sign flags during race weekend, and those flags will be converted into a mosaic that will be displayed during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on the night of Saturday, October 13.

For each of these actions – uploading images and words of thanks to www.bankofamerica.com/troopthanks, tagging Instagram or Twitter pictures with #troopthanks, signing water bottles and/or flags – the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will donate $1 to support economic empowerment programs run by WWP*. This includes Warriors to Work, which helps Wounded Warriors transition back into the civilian workforce by providing career counseling services and job placement assistance.

“America’s Wounded Warriors, service members and veterans are true heroes, and it’s important for all of us to support them in any way we can,” said Adam Silva, chief development officer, WWP. “Even a small gesture, such as a photo featuring an expression of thanks or a few words of gratitude, can be significant. We appreciate Bank of America’s ongoing partnership, and look forward to putting their contribution to good use.”

With a history of supporting active military members, veterans, and their families dating back more than 90 years, Bank of America is proud to stand behind those who serve. Nearly 6,000 military service members and veterans work for the company, which last year was named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s list of military-friendly employers, and has been included in Military Times EDGE magazine’s “Best for Vets” list for three straight years. The company also offers specialized mortgage support and programs for military customers and their families, including a dedicated servicing unit. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, Bank of America has also donated homes to injured service members or families who have lost an active-duty loved one.

ABOUT Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 56 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,600 retail banking offices and approximately 16,200 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
For more Bank of America news, visit the Bank of America newsroom.

Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

*For every qualified expression of thanks to the military collected through a Bank of America program running from Sept. 7 through Nov. 11, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will contribute one dollar, up to a maximum of $250,000, to Wounded Warrior Project™. One hundred percent of the donations made will be contributed to Wounded Warrior Project™. Bank of America and the Bank of America logo are registered trademarks of Bank of America Corporation. Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. © 2012 Bank of America Corporation.

-Press Release from Bank of America

Let’s Check out the new TV Show

I was contacted to get you excited about this new TV show called Stars Earn Stripes”. IT LOOKS PRETTY COOL and it has some of my favorite stars in here, especially Nick Lachey and Dean Cain…What a couple of hotties, and I tell you what remember when Dean was Clark in Lois and Clark (ages ago) I had such a crush on this TV superstar or remember when Nick and Jessica had the show on MTV, I totally thought that was cute, she was so naive in some of her thinking and he was so HOT, still is very hot….sorry got off topic…

This new show benefits military veterans and first-responder charities. The charities featured on the show serve to benefit the people currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, those who have previously served and the families connected. Please share my post with everyone you know! 

IF YOU HAD A QUESTION for the stars of the show what would you ask?
 

Stars Earn Stripes” (premiering August 13th at 8/7C on NBC) follows eight celebrities, as they gather at a remote training facility and are challenged to execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises. 
These organizations have partnered with the show, hoping to shed light on the grueling tasks that our U.S. Armed Forces face daily in order to protect our country and our safety.
During each challenge, the teams will be competing for a cash prize on behalf of their selected charities, including:
  • MILITARY CHILD EDUCATION COALITION, which works to ensure quality education opportunities for military connected children.
  • WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT, which provides medical care to injured service members after their period of active duty.
  • THE PAT TILLMAN FOUNDATION honors Pat Tillman by providing education scholarships and community opportunities to military veterans and their spouses.
  • THE BADGE OF HONOR MEMORIAL FOUNDATION hopes to provide the families of officers who have been killed in the line of duty a lasting symbol of recognition for the life of service, as well as providing the survivors of officers with statutory benefits.
  • ARMED SERVICES YMCA OF ALASKA provides educational, recreation and social programs and opportunities to all service members and their families
  • HIRING OUR HEROES helps to find jobs and maximize job opportunities for veterans and military spouses.
  • GOT YOUR 6 is a campaign led by the entertainment industry to support veterans and military families, promoting their societal role as leaders and civic assets.
  • United Service Organization, or USO, privately funds programs in an effort to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
Hosted by General Wesley Clark (retired) and Samantha Harris, “Stars Earn Stripes” is an action-packed competition show that pays homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and our first-responder services.
Who are the movie stars?
The star-studded cast includes four-time undefeated world boxing champion Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain (“Out of Time,” Five Days of War”), actor and former National Football League player Terry Crews (“The Expendables 2,” “The Newsroom”), multi-platinum recording artist, actor, producer and television personality Nick Lachey (NBC’s “The Sing-Off”), Alaska businessman and four-time Iron Dog snowmobile race champion Todd Palin, NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” trainer Dolvett Quince, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, and WWE diva, Eve Torres.

Who are these BAD ASS MILITARY Operatives are: Andrew Mclaren, Brent Gleeson, Chris Kyle, Dale Comstock, Grady Powell, J.W. Cortes, Talon Smith & Tom Stroup.