Oticon Inc, Somerset, NJ, will again join Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) to support the national non-profit organization’s work of building mortgage-free homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, some of whom have suffered multiple amputations, paralysis, blindness or traumatic brain injury. This is the second year that Oticon has designated a $5000 donation to support construction of a specially adapted home for an injured veteran.
On June 24, the Oticon Government Services Team sponsored HFOT Volunteer Day at a new home construction for former Navy PO2 Timothy Birckhead who served on the USS Iwo Jima as an air launcher weapons technician. During his second tour of duty, Birckhead was diagnosed with Hereditary Neuropathy with Liability to Pressure Palsies, a progressive condition that affects the sensory and motor nerves and causes increasing weakness and atrophy in the legs.
At the Volunteer Day event, David Horowitz, National Sales Manager of Government Services for Oticon presented a check for $5000 to HFOT Community Outreach Manager Brianne McNamara. “Oticon is proud to partner with Homes for Our Troops to support US veterans like Timothy Birckhead who have so generously served their country,” said Horowitz. “At Oticon, we work through the Veterans Administration, Department of Defense and other federal agencies to provide hearing solutions that help improve the quality of life for our nation’s retired and active duty service members. It is our honor to serve them. We are consistently humbled by and grateful for the sacrifices made by these true American Heroes.”
Birckhead and his mother, Gloria, were on hand for Volunteer Day but did not see the new home construction. They will receive the keys to the home and see it for the first time on an upcoming edition of The View that will be televised to a national audience this month.
Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans of post-9/11. Most of these Veterans have sustained life-altering injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). For more information, visit www.hfotusa.org.
Source: Oticon Inc