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Packing for a purpose

Exelis Action Corps volunteers team up to assist 60 veterans at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 28, 2013) - Exelis Action Corps volunteers gathered Saturday to help residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home  pack up their personal belongings in preparation for their move to a new state-of-the-art building.  Seven Exelis employees and their family members assisted the veterans who reside in the nursing care facility because they require moderate to complete assistance in their activities of daily living. 

Exelis Action Corps volunteers from Exelis headquarters and Information Systems joined service members from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Volunteer Fairfax to help 60 veterans prepare for the move.  According to the volunteers, interacting with the veteran residents was the highlight of the day. 

“This gave volunteers the opportunity to provide comfort and exchange stories with those who have made sacrifices through their military service,” said Valerie Lewis, administrative assistant in the tax department at Exelis headquarters.  Lewis served as the Exelis Action Corps volunteer coordinator for the event.

Overall, more than 120 veterans are moving into the brand new building which is equipped with a Hall of Honor, indoor swimming pool, rehabilitation unit, library, computer labs, lounge, indoor atriums, and outdoor patio and gardens. 

This event was just one example of how Exelis employees can get involved supporting military veterans and their families through the Exelis Action Corps.  To find an opportunity near you, go to: www.exelisactioncorps.com. If you are an Exelis employee you can also contact the Exelis Action Corps lead for your division or business.