This includes many ISRI members who help raise funds for the Recycling Research Foundation’s National Veterans Stipend, train and hire programs for veterans, and conduct local outreach to vets in their community.
A great example of these efforts is Allmetal Recycling in Wichita, Kansas. Over Presidents Day Weekend, the company held a fundraiser for Kansas Honor Flight. Kansas Honor Flight is an organization that raises money to send World War II, Korean, and Vietnam War veterans “to visit their War Memorial in Washington, D.C. before it’s too late for them!”
The event held by Allmetal featured a display of military vehicles, the American Legion Riders on motorcycles with American flags, presentation of colors by the Tornado Alley Young Marines, fallen soldier tribute, and remarks by Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell.
“I am a son of the Greatest Generation as my father was a full bird Colonel in the US ARMY-Eastern Theater,” said Ken Mueller, vice president Business Development for Allmetal. “As sons and daughters of the Greatest Generation, we at All Metal Recycling are proud to partner with the Kansas Honor Flight to celebrate our military veterans for their service and sacrifices.
“Having been in Washington DC when the World War II Memorial was dedicated about 15 years ago and witnessing all the World War II veterans wearing their uniforms and red shirts celebrating this memorial dedication along with the Korean, Vietnam and, Iraqi War Veterans, one realizes how humble life is and how proud it is to be an American. Partnering with our customers to support their desires in support of the Veteran Memorial Visits through Kansas Honor Flights fits perfectly with our corporate community support vision and missions.”
The event started when a customer brought in a bag of UBC aluminum cans and asked if the check could be made out to Kansas Honor Flight. The goal of the event was to raise $5,000. However, thanks to the support of customers and others in the community, they raised $15,000! This will cover the costs to send 21 veterans to Washington, DC.
This was a phenomenal effort by Allmetal, and one that will bring untold joy to a number of veterans.