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.
After spending 12 years with AT&T, Gary Rixson joined Lockton Companies in a consulting role. Beyond his work with the Benefit Communication Insourcing Division, Gary Rixson supports charitable organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
During each of the last five years, WWP has reached out to more than 21,000 members to compile the WWP Alumni Survey. The information gathered as part of the survey helps the organization to tailor its existing programs to better serve veterans while also establishing new WWP initiatives.
The survey covers topics ranging from common issues veterans of war face when returning home to the diverse assortment of injuries Wounded Warriors often live with. WWP began gathering information for its sixth annual WWP Alumni Survey in March. As a testament to how valuable past editions have been to the organization, survey coordinators have included incentives in hopes of encouraging more members to fill out this year’s survey.
Gary Rixson joined the Lockton Companies in December 2013 as a consultant for its benefit communication insourcing team. Before joining the Kansas City, Missouri, insurance broker, he worked as a client business manager for premier business accounts at AT&T, also in Kansas City. As someone involved in philanthropy, Gary Rixson regularly contributes to the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness for the need to assist injured service members. Its core values lie in five aspects that stand for FILIS: fun, integrity, loyalty, innovation, and service. According to the organization, by 2017, it will help 100,000 warriors and their families, provide $96 million in benefit entitlements, and help 10,000 combat veterans and their caregivers to secure employment.
The nonprofit organization reaches out to the public for tax-deductible donations for these injured service members. As the number of wounded individuals increases, so does the need for financial assistance to help them and their families. Donors can opt for a one-time gift or a monthly giving program, and they can do so through the Wounded Warrior website or by mail. They can also contribute funds in honor or in memory of a loved one.