NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – HealthMarkets Insurance Agency recently donated $50,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) as the beneficiary of the company’s “Take the Plunge” Challenge.
HealthMarkets challenged its independent insurance agents, employees, family and friends to submit videos of themselves getting soaked, with the goal of submitting 1,000 videos over the course of one month. Participants nationwide jumped into pools, lakes, rivers, fountains and the ocean, and many took advantage of a dunk tank set up at HealthMarkets headquarters; one brave participant was hosed down by a fire truck. Those who took the plunge challenged others to follow suit in order to reach 1,000 videos and the $50,000 company donation.
“HealthMarkets is proud to support the Wounded Warrior Project in its efforts to serve injured veterans, their families and caregivers,” said Ken Fasola, president and CEO of HealthMarkets, Inc., the holding company for HealthMarkets Insurance Agency. “We were able to raise money for a deserving cause through our outstanding company culture, and we look forward to partnering with WWP again in the future.”
WWP serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound coincident to their military service, their families, and caregivers. With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. It is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) while on deployment.
WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and service to meet their needs. WWP takes a holistic approach to helping injured veterans by assisting in physical rehabilitation, aiding in their mental and emotional recovery, assisting them to achieve their educational and employment goals, and helping them maintain their independence and stay connected with their families, their communities, and each other – all free of charge. WWP encourages wounded service members as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve those with visible and invisible wounds of war, their families, and caregivers.