by Leo Jakobson | November 12, 2012
There’s still time to help the Incentive Gift Card Council reach its goal of $30,000 in gift card donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit that assists injured members of the military and their families as they work towards recovery and making the transition back to civilian life.

The stories of the returning soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has assisted are both uplifting and heart-wrenching. 

Speaking at the IGCC’s meeting at the Motivation Show on Oct. 23, WWP representative Mary Tallouzi spoke of her own experience after her son, Sgt. Daniel Tallouzi, suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq in 2006. 

She spoke of the call she got, and flying to Germany at 5 am the next morning to be with him in the hospital, and spending the next two and one half years as a fulltime caregiver, until his death in 2009.  And she spoke of her first encounter with WWP, when a volunteer came to her at the hospital, offering financial and moral support.

Gift cards of all types can be used, whether they are for a hotel room or restaurant chain a family member can use while supporting a loved one in the hospital far from his or her home, or a department store to buy clothing they didn’t pack, or even a spa to provide a few hours respite on the long road to recovery.

WWP has received support from many large companies such as Union Pacific and Subway Restaurants, and the organization’s work has been documented by many major national news organizations, including the New York Times and CBS News. During the fiscal year ending on Sept. 30, 2011, the WWP spent 82.8 percent of its total expenditures on services and support for service members and their families. 

Donations to the IGCC 2012 Holiday Gift Card Partnership can be accepted through Dec. 14. More details about the IGCC’s support of the Wounded Warrior Project can be found here, and the IGCC donation form is available online here