June has been such a bittersweet month for this military family. Today as I write this I am waiting rather impatiently for my brother and his family to arrive. You see my brother is in the Army, and he and his family have been stationed in Hawaii since 2013 and this year they are moving to Germany. While I am really excited and completely understand how awesome it is that my brother gets to share this amazing experience with his family, it is still really hard to be separated by an ocean.
Another hardship military families often face is an injury. There are over 3.8MM disabled veterans in the United States and that number increases yearly. Not every veteran is lucky enough to come home on two feet, and that's why causes such as United Rentals' Turns For Troops are so important. They provide much-needed funding and support for our disabled veteran community. Our soldier's sacrifice begins at their safety and continues into every aspect of their life. We are pretty lucky that we can take Space A flights to see my brother and his family while they are stationed in Germany, but it is still hard missing out on the little things. Things other families get to enjoy together. Holidays, baseball games, award ceremonies, birthday parties, and so much more.
As a military family we sacrifice more than just safety by joining the military, we sacrifice our lifestyle. We don't always get to live within driving distance of our family. Sometimes being in the military means living an ocean apart.
Sometimes social media is as close as we get to being "together". And that's okay because we all know that the sacrifice is worth it - because you are worth it, this country is worth it! I can't wait to spend this weekend with my brother and his family, and I hope you will join me in praying for my brother and his family as they embark on this new journey. I also hope you will support the cause I am sharing with you today!
As a military wife and proud military supporter, I am always looking for brands that are proud to support our community. I love giving back and supporting companies that do the same. As you know, in our community the people who often need the most help are our vets. That's why I am so excited to share Turns For Troops with you today.
Let's start with the brand behind the initiative. United Rentals, (the world's largest equipment rental provider) has rental locations in 49 states and 10 Canadian provinces. They deploy the best people, equipment, and solutions to enable their customers to safely build a better and stronger future. Their values are safety, leadership, and integrity with a community mindset.
They always put people first and ensure their community is taken care of. United Rentals has a strong commitment to veterans with vets making up 13% of its workforce and providing ample support, such as their Military Skills Translator Tool, to help qualified veterans get recruitment and work placement. If that wasn't already enough, they decided that there was room to do even more, and I'm not going to lie, I agree with them.
This year during the IndyCar Series sponsorship United Rentals' Turn for Troops initiative will donate $50 to SoldierStrong for every lap RLL Racing driving Graham Rahal completes -donating up to $100,000. For every $50 donated, SoilderStrong SoilderSuit can provide one day of mobility to an injured veteran!
As of today $50,111 has been donated to SoldierStrong!
That's over 1,000 days of mobility! How amazing is that? If you would like to be a part of this beautiful vet initiative you can start by donating here.
So what exactly is the SoldierSuit? I'm so glad you asked!
The SoldierStrong SoldierSuit is actually several state-of-the-art rehabilitation technologies that address a variety of combat-related disabilities. They partner with some of the country's most advanced medical technology firms to make their products accessible to our returning veterans. Used together or on their own, the SoldierSuit components help their recipients live fulfilling, empowered lives long after their service to our country is over. SoldierStrong is constantly partnering with new firms to tackle new ailments and expand SoldierSuit's ability to transform lives. Through their efforts, SoldierStrong not only helps those who most deserve it but also creates additional benefits for the entire country. They don't just change lives; they create jobs and strengthen their communities. Currently, SoldierStrong outfits former soldiers with lower and upper extremity paralysis with devices that enable them to walk and use their arms again. - Learn more here
When I consider the opportunities I've had in the past to step up and serve the men and women that have fought for our country I've never regretted making a donation or giving my time, and I'm sure you haven't either. That's why today I'm asking you to consider supporting this cause because it's one that I believe in! These men and women deserve our support! I come from a large military family, and I know that one day that could be my children and I hope that companies like United Rentals will continue to take up causes like this one because we can always do more to support our vets! Donate to Turns for Troops today!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of United Rentals.