DIAMOND BAR, Calif. — Nexen Tire America Inc. is expanding its outreach to U.S. military veterans, pledging to donate up to $30,000 in matching funds to provide veterans and their families assistance for higher education through the Purple Heart Foundation's scholarship programs.
The monetary commitment is an addition to Nexen's work with its Nexen Hero Program, done in conjunction with the Purple Heart Foundation, in which a deserving veteran is selected to receive a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.
Since 1995, the Purple Heart Foundation has donated nearly $780,000 for educational scholarship endowments, helping veterans and their families, as well individuals training in the Reserve Officers Training Corps, Veterans Training Program and the Naval Cadet Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Over the last seven years, the Purple Heart Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million to help veterans receive assistance for higher education. The money covers tuition, room and board, books, fees and more.
Donations to the program, to be matched by Nexen, will be accepted through Dec. 3, and should be made by visiting nexentireusa.com/nexenhero.
That is the same website that veterans can be nominated for the Nexen Hero award.
These donations will help empower veterans to achieve their educational goals after returning from the battlefield.
Millions of disability and educational benefits claims are filed with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) each year, Nexen said, and because of the volume of submissions, some can get delayed for extended periods.
That happened to retired Army Cpt. Greg Galeazzi, who — following in the footsteps of his dad and brother — enlisted in the Army following the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sep. 11, 2001. In the summer of 2010, Mr. Galeazzi was deployed to Afghanistan and after the loss of a commander, he took charge of the platoon.
Under his direction, the platoon took no additional causalities until May 26, 2011, when on a dismounted patrol, an IED exploded at Mr. Galeazzi's feet, taking off both of his legs and nearly destroying his right arm.