Thanks the Sport for Commitment to America’s Veterans
The Honorable Robert A. McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, addressed industry leaders gathered for the International Bowl Expo recently in Las Vegas — thanking the sport for their continued support through BVL.
McDonald remarked, “Among our many partners, the Bowlers to Veterans Link stands out as a true pioneer. Years before Omar Bradley reached out to Americans to enlist their help in caring for Veterans, the bowlers of America reached out with a helping hand to America’s Veterans and service members. Since 1942, BVL has been “Brightening Veterans’ Lives” with contributions in time and money.”
The Secretary reviewed for those gathered the variety of ways BVL’s recreational and therapeutic programs and services help promote healthy, active lifestyles that also reduce feelings of stress and isolation. BVL’s programs are designed to bring a positive change that can make a difference in a life.
“There are a few Veterans organizations that have been helping Veterans longer than BVL, but I’d be hard pressed to name any other organization that has,” added McDonald.
Noted BVL Board Chair John LaSpina, “We are humbled and honored that the Secretary took the time to join us at Bowl Expo… We know he recognizes all the good that BVL has done over the years. However, as we launch our new fund raising campaign at the center level “Care. Commit. Contribute.,” we are anxious to show what bowling can really do for our veterans, and we are calling on all centers to join the BVL effort.”
To commemorate McDonald’s presentation at the meeting, he was presented with a BVL logoed bowling pin by BVL and a crystal bowling pin from BPAA with the following inscription “International Bowl Expo: Presented to US Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald in appreciation and commemoration of your keynote address on June 29, 2016, Las Vegas, NV.”