Smith & Wesson Corp. presented Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) with $50,000 at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky. The donation will support ongoing programs designed to assist disabled veterans and wounded active duty military personnel. Matt Buckingham, president of Smith & Wesson's firearms division, presented the donation to Tom Taylor, chairman of HAVA, during a special ceremony at the Smith & Wesson booth.
"For the last nine years, HAVA has enhanced the lives of thousands of military men, women and their families by enabling them to reconnect with the shooting sports as they return home from active service," said Buckingham. "These men and women have made incredible sacrifices on behalf of our nation and we view it as a privilege and honor to continue to support them throughout the healing process as they seek to reconnect with the outdoors."
Formed in 2007 by several companies in the shooting, hunting and outdoor industry, HAVA has focused its efforts on raising awareness and assisting disabled combat veterans with their healing process through outdoor activities as they transition back into their normal lives. To date, HAVA has sponsored events in over 20 different states. With continued support from its co-sponsors, which include major firearm and outdoor equipment manufacturers, HAVA has been able to heighten awareness of issues facing disabled veterans upon returning home. Donations from these companies are crucial for HAVA, which hosts numerous outdoor activities, including hunts and shooting events, each year.
"As a founding member, Smith & Wesson has remained steadfast in its commitment to HAVA and the veterans it serves by being the leading contributor of funds and products for the organization," said Taylor. "Through these donations and those received from other sponsors, HAVA has grown substantially and we have been able to expand existing and new programs to better serve the men and women of our Armed Forces. HAVA is privileged to have the backing of all its supporters and we pledge to continue serving those who have protected our freedoms both abroad and at home."