United Rentals donates $50,000 to veterans' group
By CONNECTICUT POST, BRIDGEPORT, CONN. Published: June 19, 2014
As part of United Rentals' efforts on behalf of veterans, the Stamford-based company has announced its affiliation with the nonprofit SoldierSocks.
United Rentals donated $50,000 to SoldierSocks, which went toward an Ekso bionic exoskeleton SoldierSuit for Dan Rose, a retired Army sergeant who was paralyzed in Afghanistan.
"It is a privilege to know that we can help deliver a life-changing technology to veterans who have paid such a high price for their military service," Michael Kneeland, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said in a statement. "Through SoldierSocks and the bionic SoldierSuit, paralyzed veterans can literally take the next steps in reclaiming their mobility. This partnership resonates with our employees on every level, particularly in our commitment to innovation and our steadfast support of military veterans."
SoldierSocks joined with Ekso Bionics in 2013, expanding its fundraising capability to help paralyzed veterans walk again with the assistance of Ekso SoldierSuit technology.
Founded in 2009, SoldierSocks primarily provides donated socks and other necessities to troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
United Rentals made its first donation to SoldierSocks in November, contributing more than 2,500 pounds of supplies, according to a news release.
"It was a little daunting when packages started showing up from over 700 branches," Chris Meek, co-founder and chairman of SoldierSocks, said. "The drive was a tremendous Veterans Day gesture from United Rentals employees, and now the company's corporate support has been a key to our funding of Ekso mobility robotics for veterans."