The Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa Foundation donated 200 000 zlotys to the Association for the Soldiers Wounded and Injured During Missions Abroad. The money will be used to finance rehabilitation and readaptation activities for the veterans of the Polish Army’s foreign missions and their loved ones.
The symbolic donation took place on Friday, 22 December 2017, at the offices of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa.In the presence of the Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Defence Bartłomiej Grabskie and the director of the Centre for Veterans of Missions Abroad col. Leszek Stępień the cheque was handed to the president of the executive board of the Association for the Soldiers Wounded and Injured During Missions Abroad retired Chief Warrant Officer Tomasz Kloc, by the president of the board of PGZ S.A. Błażej Wojnicz and the chairwoman of the Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa Foundation Eliza Dzwonkiewicz.The money will be used to finance rehabilitation and readaptation activities for approximately 70-80 wounded veterans and their loved ones.
“The date of making the donation to the Association for the Soldiers Wounded and Injured During Missions Abroad is not accidental.Yesterday, we celebrated the Day of the soldiers who were killed or died during missions and military operations abroad, and our Ministry is aware that we need systemic solutions, which will be included in the Veterans’ Bill that is currently being prepared.Initiatives such as the PGZ Foundation are extremely important for this social group.We need to help both the veterans and the families whose fathers, sons, or brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country,” said the Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of National Defence Bartłomiej Grabski during the ceremony.
In addition to organising activities for the Association’s wards, one of the most heavily wounded veterans will receive a special massage chair worth more than 20 000 zlotys.For the soldier in question, who is partially paralysed and suffers from contractures resulting from the damage to his head and brain, this equipment will constitute significant aid to his everyday life.Any unused funds from this donation will be used to finance the “Bicycles for veterans” programme.
“The largest arms companies in the world run a number of programmes whose goal is not only to aid the healing of the soldiers wounded and injured during military campaigns, but also their professional activation, education aimed at acquiring new skills, or special veteran-focused employment programmes.Activities of this type are the perfect opportunity to honour their sacrifice and involvement in the service for our country.I am convinced that the donation we’re making today is the beginning of our Group’s close co-operation with the veteran circles,” said the president of the board of PGZ S.A. Błażej Wojnicz.
In Poland there are about 750 people who suffered loss of health while completing a combat task.Under the act they will receive a one-off support payment from the government, depending on the degree of the injury to health they suffered.However, these sums are insufficient to cover the costs associated with their return to health, adaptation to new life conditions or, most importantly, return to life in the society.
Supporting veterans and their loved ones is one of the primary areas of corporate social responsibility of the defence industry companies around the world.In Poland, activities of this type will be carried out by, among others, the Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa Foundation that was established in autumn 2017.
“To work with the Association for the Soldiers Wounded and Injured During Missions Abroad is a great honour for the PGZ Foundation.The soldiers who risk their lives for our safety, as well as their loved ones, deserve everyone’s gratitude and respect.The people who take such risks should feel solidarity and support from those whom they defend.Co-operation with the veterans’ circles is also a very natural area for the PGZ Group’s employee voluntary service,” said the chairwoman of the PGZ Foundation Eliza Dzwonkiewicz.
Foreign examples of such initiatives include Student Veterans of America – the largest organisation in the world that provides support for student veterans, Boys & Girls Clubs of America –hat organise extra-curricular activities for soldiers’ children, or Blue Star Family that provides support to families of active soldiers.These and many other organisations are supported by the largest global companies from the defence sector, such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, or BAE Systems.back to articles