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Wounded Warrior Project Leadership Participates in Americas Largest Military Trade Show

WASHINGTON (Oct. 9, 2018) – To build a resilient network of local community support across the nation, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) works alongside like-minded organizations that impact the health and well-being of wounded veterans. This week leadership from WWP, including WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington, attended the annual Association of the U.S. Army conference, the largest land warfare trade show in the country. 

“AUSA is the premier voice of soldiers and Army families. They are also a longtime advocate, and supporter of our nation’s wounded, ill, and injured soldiers, and their families,” said Linnington. “It was an honor to again be invited to AUSA and participate in this annual meeting, sharing information on Wounded Warrior Project’s life-changing programs and services for wounded soldiers and their families.”

Linnington also presented the 2018 AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award, which recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedication and volunteer service significantly contributes to improving the well-being of Army families and the local community.

“Staff Sergeant Vincent Pastore and his family have shown not just a willingness to go above and beyond to help others, but a true understanding of what service means, and the importance it plays in our communities,” said Linnington. “He volunteered his time and energy through wide-ranging activities, working with organizations that assist soldiers transitioning from military to civilian employment. This heart of service and volunteerism is especially important to this generation of warriors, who place a high value on the camaraderie and connection they share with their fellow service members.”

Staff Sergeant Pastore’s wife Tonya and their three daughters — Angelina, 13; Isabella, 11; and Sabrina, 8 — also provided exceptional service and dedication to the Army, its soldiers, and Army families through their volunteer efforts. 

“Over a two-year period, Tonya completed approximately 600 volunteer hours as a Girl Scout leader in elementary school activities,” said Linnington. “In the same two‐year span, Angelina completed 576 volunteer hours, Isabella completed 672 hours, and Sabrina completed 288 hours. On behalf of The Association of the United States Army, AUSA, and Wounded Warrior Project, it’s my sincere honor to present Staff Sergeant Vincent Pastore, Tonya, Angelina, Isabella, and Sabrina, with the 2018 AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award.”

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