Smith & Wesson Partners with Local Veterans Organizations

Initial Donations Will be Used by The Friends of the Springfield Vet Center and Friends of Ward 8 to Expand Alternative Therapy Programming

Smith & WessonSPRINGFIELD, Mass., January 27, 2014 LL Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ  Global Select Market: SWHC), a leader in firearm manufacturing and design, today announced  that it will honor and support Springfield’s veterans and military families by donating $5,000 to  each of two local veterans charities, The Friends of the Springfield Vet Center Inc. and Friends  of Ward 8 Inc.  A portion of the funds will be used by The Friends of the Springfield Vet Center  to expand an equine therapy program for its combat veteran clients at the Therapeutic  Equestrian Center in Holyoke. The Friends of Ward 8 will use a portion of the funds provided by  Smith & Wesson to purchase cameras, equipment, and curriculum for a newly developed  phototherapy class for veterans recovering from PTSD.

James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, “Over the course of our 162-year  history here in Springfield, we have proudly maintained a tradition of supporting those who  have served in the armed forces and their families.  We continue that tradition today by  announcing that we are partnering with two local organizations that are dedicated to providing  for the men, women and families who have made profound sacrifices for this country. We are  honored and humbled to be able to support The Friends of the Springfield Vet Center and the  Friends of Ward 8. We look forward to working closely with these important organizations in  the future to improve the lives of the veterans in our communities.”

The Friends of the Springfield Vet Center

The Friends of the Springfield Vet Center provides funds to enhance social, recreational,  educational, and health and wellness programming for local combat veterans.  In addition to expanding the equine therapy program, funds donated by Smith & Wesson will be used  by The Friends of the Springfield Vet Center to install a flagpole at the entrance of the  center in West Springfield.

“We are so grateful to Smith & Wesson for its support of Springfield s combat veterans,”  said Arlyn Wyman, Vice President of The Friends of the Springfield Vet Center’s Board of  Directors.  “This funding will enable the Springfield Vet Center to broaden enrollment in  the alternative therapy programs that have shown such promising results.  We look  forward to this partnership with Smith & Wesson for the benefit of our local heroes.”

The Friends of Ward 8

The Friends of Ward 8 relies on charitable contributions to provide equipment and  recreational activities to ensure that combat veterans are as active and interactive as  possible while being treated for PTSD at the Northampton VA Medical Center. In addition  to assisting current Ward 8 veterans, the Friends also provide support to graduates of the  program.  A portion of the Smith & Wesson funding was recently used to host a holiday  dinner for the Ward 8 vets and their families. The first session of the phototherapy class  has been underway for several weeks.

“We are so grateful to Smith & Wesson for its support,” said Jim Carner, President of the  Friends of Ward 8 Board of Directors.  “You hate to say ‘No’ to a vet in need, and now,  thanks to Smith & Wesson, we’ve been able to say ‘Yes’ to a very exciting new program  that will greatly benefit the vets in Ward 8.  We look forward to continuing this  partnership in support of combat veterans and their families.”

Smith & Wesson affirmed its dedication to veteran-support initiatives at a press conference on  November 7, 2013, in conjunction with its announcement of plans to repair and restore the  Roosevelt Avenue Veteran’s Flagpole Memorial located directly across from the Smith &  Wesson campus. The Memorial Flagpole, originally built in 1931, was severely damaged by high  winds on June 1, 2011.  Smith & Wesson plans to unveil the Veteran’s Memorial Flagpole at a  rededication ceremony that it will host on Memorial Day 2014.

About Smith & Wesson  Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in  firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related  products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The  company’s brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P® and Thompson/Center Arms™. Smith &  Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith &  Wesson, log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

,

Comments are closed.