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Pictured (left to right): Phil Gyori, Bushnell vice president; Major Ed Pulido, Folds of Honor senior vice president; and Matt Reintjes, ATK Sporting Group vice president.

Bushnell, an industry leader in high performance sports optics and outdoor accessories for more than 65 years, has announced its 2013 contribution to Folds of Honor Foundation totaled $200,000. Since establishing a partnership in 2010, the optics leader has donated more than $650,000 to Folds of Honor.

Founded by Major Dan Rooney in 2007, Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members killed or disabled during U.S. military service. Major Rooney, a former F-16 pilot who served three tours in Iraq, founded Folds of Honor to ensure that families of fallen service members are never left behind on the field of battle.

“With support from partners like Bushnell, we’re able to help lift up military families and honor the sacrifice our service men and women make to protect our freedom,” said Major Dan Rooney.

 Since its formation, Folds of Honor has awarded 5,400 scholarships to deserving families across the nation and provided necessary assistance to many more. The foundation continues to support the needs of the spouses and children of fallen or disabled service members, and encourages all citizens to do the same.  Full article

Several ATK employees participated in an event welcoming an injured veteran and his family to their new home in Cecil County, Md. on Feb. 15. The home was built by Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization that provides specially adapted homes for disabled veterans free of charge. Community Involvement Committee at ATK’s Elkton, Md., facility donated $500 to the project. Read the story in the Baltimore Sun

ATK has proudly supported the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) for several years. The MLI donates highly trained landmine detection dogs to mine-affected countries and trains local handlers to safely use these dogs to find landmines. It also provides prostheses and rehabilitative care to people, particularly children, who have been injured by landmines, and vocational training to restore dignity and hope. Army Maj. Gen. (ret.) Guy Bourn, ATK’s vice president of Defense Systems, is on the MLI Board of Directors.

ATK’s newly sponsored dog, MDD Rocket, completed his training at the Mine Detection Dog Center in Bosnia, Herzegovina, and deployed to Azerbaijan where he was paired with his new handler at the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action. MDD Rocket will carry on the legacy of the retired MDD Duco, sponsored by ATK in 2005, who searched more than 1.5 million square meters of mine-contaminated land in Azerbaijan, allowing people to return to their homes, grow crops, herd animals, go to school, and live, work and play on the land without fear.  

ATK Employee Sara Behr“I wanted a job where I could continue to support the men and women who wear the uniform,” – Captain Sara Behr. Behr left the active Army in 2003. She is currently a company commander in the Minnesota Army National Guard AND a communications specialist at ATK’s Armament Systems in Plymouth. Sara will be representing ATK at this week’s AUSA 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition. Minnesota. More

Know of a veteran looking for a career? Tell them about ATK’s Jobs for Veterans program website.

ATK is once again sponsoring the moving series, “Grateful Nation”, which shares behind-the-scenes stories of disabled veterans who return to their traditional American hunting heritage. The series is hosted by former Army Airborne Ranger and actor, Tim Abell, and airs on the Outdoor Channel. Check your local listing for channels and show times.

Jobs for VeteransIf you know a veteran that is in the job market, tell them about our new website, Jobs for Veterans, dedicated to helping our veterans match their military skills and experience with ATK job opportunities. The website features testimonials by ATK employee veterans, a quick and easy way to join ATK’s talent community, and features a video message to veterans from CEO Mark DeYoung. A link to the website is also available from Careers.