It is an absolute honor to be part of USAA's Wounded Warrior Extreme Team
San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) March 26, 2009
When more than 30 service members recovering from wounds they received in Iraq and Afghanistan gather in the New Mexico desert this weekend at the annual Bataan Memorial Death March, USAA will be by their side providing support.
USAA, the financial services provider of choice to the military community, is a sponsor for the fourth consecutive year. It also is deploying a support team to assist a group of wounded warriors participating in the march, which typically draws thousands of participants from around the globe.
The USAA team will march with wounded warrior participants and help them work toward achieving their personal march goals.
The 26.2 mile march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., honors a special group of World War II heroes responsible for the island defense of Luzon, Corregidor and Philippines' harbor forts. Many of those who lost their lives in defense of Corregidor and later during the infamous Bataan Death March and imprisonment in Japanese POW camps came from New Mexico National Guard units, creating a strong connection between New Mexico and the memorial march.
Military and civilian participants - individually or in teams of five - will follow a grueling route that takes them through some of most difficult terrain imaginable for a march of any kind. Carrying up to 35 pounds in rucksacks, individuals are expected to cross the finish line with their rucksacks intact.
USAA's support team consists of three wounded warrior employees who served in Iraq and Afghanistan: Brian Neuman, Andrew Powers and Steve Robison And they will be joined by West Point graduate Bob Lockett, assistant vice president of USAA's military personnel programs.
The USAA support team's responsibilities include serving as drivers for the event, assisting with registration and lodging, and providing physical assistance to wounded warriors if necessary. USAA team members will be paired with wounded warrior participants throughout the event ensuring they have water, food, medicals supplies and plenty of motivation.
"It is an absolute honor to be part of USAA's Wounded Warrior Extreme Team," said Brian Neuman, organizer of USAA's new wounded warrior outreach program. "Paying tribute to the men and women who sacrificed and lost so much during the Bataan March and assisting today's generation of wounded warriors gives us a great sense of pride."
Neuman, retired staff sergeant and Army Ranger, nearly died from severe injuries he received in Fallujah on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2004.
Also participating in the march is retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Bob Wiedower, a USAA financial planner, who is marching in honor of his father-in-law, a Bataan survivor.
USAA, a diversified financial services group of companies, is among the leading providers of financial planning, insurance, investments, and banking products to members of the U.S. military and their families. For the past three years, BusinessWeek magazine ranked USAA among the top two "Customer Service Champs," highlighting our legendary commitment of providing highly competitive financial products for 6.8 million members. For more information about USAA, or to learn more about membership, visit http://www.usaa.com.