A consultant with Lockton Companies, Gary Rixson specializes in planning and executing employee benefit communication strategies for major organizations. Outside of his professional work, Gary Rixson supports a number of charities, including the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
Founded in 2003 by a group of veterans in Virginia, WWP currently counts more than 76,000 alumni and expects to have served 100,000 people by 2017. Focused on helping veterans injured as a result of their military service on or after September 11, 2001, WWP is dedicated to raising public awareness of the needs of injured service members, connecting wounded warriors with people who have had similar experiences, and meeting their needs with a number of programs.
WWP offers two programs for long-term support: the Long-Term Support Trust and the Independence Program. Addressing veterans who lose their long-term caregivers and who may otherwise be placed in an institution, the Trust provides funds for services including home-care transportation, case management, and life-skills training.
Created to help veterans who require family or caregiver assistance as the result of moderate to severe neurological injuries, the Independence Program concentrates on crafting a customized plan for each recipient. If a veteran needs assistance to pursue his or her education or volunteer work, for example, the program works with the veteran and his or her support group to make the goal a reality. It also supports recovery goals ranging from general wellness to recreational and social recovery.