VA Dealer Ups Its Support for Veterans

August 13, 2012
Noteworthy

The Window Place, Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, D.C., is increasing its support of Operation Second Chance, a non-profit group of patriotic citizens committed to serving wounded, injured or ill combat veterans. The company, a dealer with showrooms in Fairfax and Sterling, Va., has been donating $2 to the group for every window and door it sells since 2009, now plans to donate five free cruise vacations.

“These courageous service men and women give so much of themselves to protect our way of life,” says Mark Chaikin, president of the Virginia replacement window company. “We’re humbled by their commitment and honored to be able to do something to show our appreciation. We hope our contributions can help these heroes and their families and show how much they mean to every American they help protect.”

Operation Second Chance’s goal is to provide support for the soldiers and marines while they are at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and then to further assist them when they transition either back to duty or back to civilian life. Said to be one of the non-profit organization's leading corporate sponsors, the Renewal by Andersen dealer's “Buy a Window, Help a Hero” initiative donates $2 of every window sold to the non-profit organization on a quarterly basis. These donations have averaged approximately $2,500 every quarter since the program began, with total donations already topping $25,000.

In addition, the dealer will now provide five Caribbean or Mexican Cruises, as well as $1,000 to cover other incidentals, to aid deserving injured service men and women of the U.S armed forces. “These service men and women have been away from their families and enduring unimaginable stress and danger to protect our way of life,” Chaikin says. “We hope the cruises will help the families to reconnect and enjoy some time together without the stresses of everyday life. If anyone deserves a nice vacation, it’s the people who protect our way of life by putting theirs in danger.”