Glock digs deep to support causes
In the past two weeks, Glock US has dropped huge cardboard checks off with organizations to support the survivors left behind by lost federal agents, police and commandos, as well as fund youth civic groups.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
On Oct. 14, Glock donated $100,000 to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF). The presentation ceremony took place at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) trade show in Washington and brings the company's total donations to the foundation to $1 million since 2005.
SOWF arranges college scholarships for the surviving children of fallen special ops members as well as provides family counseling including tutoring and advocacy support to the families. In addition, they provide financial grants to severely wounded service members to help move forward.
"This is certainly a financial donation, but it is representative of the heart and soul of Glock. Starting with Mr. Glock, the founder of this great company, going down to all of the employees at every level," said Col. Edwin Anderson, U.S. Army, Retired, SOWF Board of Directors in a statement. "It's a wonderful representation of what corporate can be, in giving back to this community."
On Oct. 26, Glock handed over a $50,000 donation to the Young Marines to a visiting group of 30 youth, aged 11 to 18, visiting the factory in Smyrna, Georgia to attend a range day.
The Young Marines are a national youth organization founded in 1959 whose stated mission is to providing youth development programs for boys and girls to develop members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. With some 300 chapters in 46 states, Germany and Japan, over 10,000 youth participate in their programs.
Glock has long had ties to the Marines in a number of ways to include the use of "Gunny" R. Lee Ermey as a longtime spokesperson, who also works with the Young Marines group. Further, Glock Vice President, Josh Dorsey served 20 years in the Corps.
"The Young Marines is an organization focused on developing character in the young men and women of our Nation," Dorsey told the visiting youth. "The things that you learn here will serve you well, serve our corps well, and ultimately our Nation well. Ideals such as integrity, commitment, and honor are easy to talk about, but difficult to personify. You have to believe that you can make a difference."
Finally, on Oct. 29, Glock representatives on hand in Chicago for the annual the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference presented two donations to law enforcement survivor support groups. These included $50,000 to Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the $30,000 to the Drug Enforcement Agency Survivor Benefit Fund (DEASBF).
Both groups assist survivors of fallen officers and agents in times of need and help augment agency responses to tragedies.
When Special Agent Terrance P. Loftus died in a plane crash while on duty, his wife Debbie was in urgent need. "I was pregnant with our fourth child when I got the call that he had crashed," she said at the presentation, made at the Glock booth. "Within 48 hours, the DEASBF was there with financial support for our family. Today, three of our children wish to grow up to work in law enforcement."
These organizations change lives and give hope for the future," said Bob Radecki, National Sales Manager at Glock. "It means a great deal to Glock to provide for those left behind by their loved ones."