For many years, defense organizations around the globe have leveraged Microsoft technology on the battlefield in support of their troop operations. More recently, I have become interested in how Microsoft is helping these same troops off the battlefield. One important and impactful area in which Microsoft is doing just that is by supporting the Wounded Warriors Paths to Strength (WWPTS) program.
WWPTS is a program that donates laptops, software, and training to wounded soldiers who are getting ready to transition from active service to the civilian world. Many of the participants in the program have undergone significant trauma and are at a difficult point in their transition. By providing training, Microsoft hopes to improve their chances of success once they have left military life.
At the most recent WWPTS session - held at the beginning of the month at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia - Microsoft and partners AT&T, Dell, Sprint, and Verizon trained 35 wounded warriors on Microsoft Office productivity tools. Microsoft volunteers helped organize and deliver the training and also provided individualized counseling throughout the multi-day sessions.
The dedication of volunteers such as Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Brady Sondreal who brings years of Microsoft Office training experience to the Marines and soldiers in the program and Microsoft Public Sector Federal Account Manager Blake Badolato who has been working with the Wounded Warriors Paths to Strength (WWPTS) program for several years, reminds us of how we can all work to make a real impact in the lives of those who are dedicated to keeping us safe.
For more information on the WWPTS program, visit America's Adopt a Soldier.
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Senior Marketing Manager, Worldwide Public Sector