DXC Lends A Helping Hand to Wounded Warriors
DXC takes our commitment to the wounded warrior community seriously, which is why we were honored to support the annual Boll Weevil 100 (BW 100) Bicycle Ride and 10K Run earlier this month. Sponsored by the Enterprise Lions Club, and in cooperation with Ride to Recovery Southeast, the BW 100 is a host ride in Enterprise, Ala., for wounded veterans from warrior transition units at U.S. military installations throughout the southeast.
A Worthy Cause
Members of NPS’ Defense Training Division’s Flight School XXI team helped ensure the event’s success, collecting more than $10,000 in donations from DXC colleagues, Team FSXXI, DXC corporate and the local community. Funds helped pay for $6,000 worth of bikes and $4,000 in lodging, meals and entry fees for wounded veterans. The remaining money will go toward maintaining the bikes.
Maggie Amadei, senior supervisor of operations at DXC’s Warrior Hall facility in Daleville, Ala., and a member of the BW 100 steering committee, along with Terri Denton, Christine Hogan and Beverly McCall, served on the fundraising team that coordinated and collected donations.
As a former Army Captain (CPT) who served 10 months in Iraq as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot, Maggie relates to the wounded veterans the event honors. “. . . I completely understand the abrupt change life can be for the wounded that come back,” she said. “The goal is helping those that are living. It helps a soldier heal both mentally and physically. It makes them physically active and socially interactive. They are learning a new life.”
Having lost her spouse, CPT Ben Smith, in the Iraq war, Maggie is passionate about the event. “You’ll never stop missing your loved one, but you can heal some of the emotional wounds by learning a new way to live,” she explained. “For a wounded veteran, their way of life has changed; it will never be the same. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a wonderful life.”
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