Operation Stand Down Rhode Island

September 20, 2019

​“It was a privilege, and such a small token of my appreciation to do something for our veterans who have sacrificed so much for this country,” says Al Casazza, Director of Global Services and Real Estate. “I’m looking forward to doing it again next year.”

Textron employees across functions volunteered at Operation Stand Down RI, an event that provides access to social and supportive services. With the donation of seven E-Z-GO golf cars and the many volunteers that gave of their time, we were able to help veterans take advantage of all the services offered at the event.

Volunteers drove veterans to and from the different tents to get haircuts, massages, career advice, clothing, legal counsel and complementary meals. Not only did our volunteers make sure our veterans arrived at each of the services in a timely manner, but they engaged with them while having a friendly demeanor and respect for the incredible sacrifices these men and women have made.

Erik Wallin, Executive Director of Operation Stand Down RI said, “On behalf of the over 450 veterans served at this year’s annual Stand Down Weekend, Operation Stand Down RI wishes to thank Textron for donating the use of golf cars to transport veterans and service providers. We also express our gratitude to the dozens of Textron employees who volunteered their time over three days and showed such compassion towards our veterans who came for life changing services. The dedicated team of Textron volunteers honored our local veterans by their own service as they have done for the past several years.”

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s mission is to help veterans secure stable housing and employment as well as other assistance according to individual needs including case management, basic human needs, referrals, and education and training services.