Invictus Games Provide Opportunity to Help Veterans
As more than 500 wounded, ill and injured military men and women from around the world gathered for a week of adaptive sports competitions, a team of Dow employees was there to offer something many of them didn’t expect: a road map for the future.
Dow sponsored Invictus Games Orlando 2016 as a natural extension of its long-standing commitment to honor and support veterans. Founded in 2014 by Britain’s Prince Harry, the Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.
“I’m continually amazed at what these individuals can do. There was one guy, who played rugby and basketball, whose only fully functioning limb was one arm. And he was right out there competing,” reported Andrew Fry, a Dow facility manager and U.S. military veteran who was one of seven employees staffing a company tent that was open the entire time the Games were in process. “It shows you that there really aren’t any limits to a human body except what we put on them.”
That focus on potential was key to the company’s role at the Games. The seven Dow employees talked with hundreds of athletes and their supporters, offering insight into transitioning from military life to civilian careers.
“Every one of the seven of us made a close personal connection with someone we were reaching out to,” said Kyle Graham, site logistics leader for Dow’s St. Charles Operations in Louisiana and also a veteran.
Another example of Dow’s commitment to veterans is the establishment of a Dow U.S.A. veteran employee resource group, VetNet, established to preserve, promote, and acknowledge the virtues of military service; serve as an education resource; and, provide networking, mentoring and development opportunities to veteran employees. Through VetNet and other Company-sponsored community outreach initiatives, a number of services have been provided to veterans in local communities near Dow’s sites in Michigan, Indiana, Texas, Louisiana and California.