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The 10th Annual Wounded Warrior Project® Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® Presented by First Data with the Generous Support of USAA is Being Held in New York City on May 28, 2015

Jacksonville, FL (May 13, 2015) – The 10th annual Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® presented by First Data Corporation and the Joe Plumeri Foundation, with the generous support of USAA, is being held on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria® in New York City. This fundraising gala will bring together injured service members, their caregivers and families, and the most influential WWP supporters. 

The Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® presented by First Data Corporation and the Joe Plumeri Foundation, with the generous support of USAA, will help WWP provide our nation’s injured service members with much-­needed support through 20, free life-­saving programs and services.  WWP does not charge membership or participation fees to injured service members, their family members, and caregivers to participate in any of the programs. WWP programs focus on engagement, mind, body, and economic empowerment, vital areas that have a wide range in scope, including: physical health and wellness, family support retreats, career placement, education assistance, help with the benefits process, and long-­term support and independence programs for the most seriously injured veterans. Through this event, WWP is able to honor and empower Wounded Warriors to not only survive with their injuries but to thrive and achieve personal and professional success. 

“The Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the support of our sponsors, First Data Corporation, the Joe Plumeri Foundation and USAA,” stated Steve Nardizzi, chief executive officer, WWP. “Organizations like First Data and USAA have demonstrated unwavering support for WWP and our nation’s military, and we are honored and thankful for their commitment to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.” 

“We all have a responsibility to care for our nation’s veterans and military families,” said Joe

Plumeri, vice chairman of First Data Board of Directors and this year’s Courage Awards and Benefit Dinner® chairman. “For nearly fourteen years, far too few have carried the burden of so many. It’s now time for the rest of us to step up and serve those who have served us. We must stand beside our nation’s veterans and stand behind our gold-­star families. These men and women deserve far more than our gratitude-­-­ they deserve a lifetime of our commitment.” 

For more information on purchasing individual tickets or becoming an event sponsor, visit wwpcourageaward.org

About Wounded Warrior Project 

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org. 

About First Data

First Data is the global leader in payment technology and services solutions. With 23,000 owner-­associates and operations in 34 countries, the company provides secure and innovative payment technology and services to more than six million merchants and financial institutions around the world, from small businesses to the world’s largest corporations. Today, businesses in nearly 70 countries trust First Data to secure and process over 2,000 financial transactions per second. First Data’s unparalleled infrastructure and partnerships go “beyond the transaction” with next-­generation point-­of-­sale technology fueled by powerful analytics to detect fraud, gain insights into consumer spending, and strengthen customer loyalty. All day, every day, First Data helps its clients thrive in the evolving world of commerce.