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Maritime Group Raises $15,000 for Veterans

The community of American maritime carriers and operating unions in Washington, DC has raised $15,000 to help build specially adapted homes for American veterans with serious disabilities and injuries.

These funds will be donated to Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit charitable organization based in Taunton, Massachusetts. Half of these contributions are corporate donations from Matson, American Roll-on Roll-off Carriers, Maersk, APL, K&L Gates, Horizon Lines, and the American Waterways Operators. The other half is from individuals who represent maritime interests in the Nation’s Capital in various capacities.

Homes for Our Troops was founded in 2004 by John Gonsalves, a construction supervisor in Massachusetts, who saw a news report of a severely injured service member who had returned from Iraq. He searched for an organization where he could donate his building expertise for a few weeks to help these individuals. When he found none, he quit his job and started Homes for Our Troops.

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