NNSA labs and sites across the country gave back to their communities by teaming up to help military veterans on the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Employees at the Kansas City National Security Campus (KCNSC) partnered with the Veterans Community Project (VCP) in Kansas City to collect hats, gloves, coats, and bed rolls to help homeless veterans this winter. Members of Honeywell’s Veterans Group delivered the donations to VCP on September 11.
Sandia National Laboratories employees in New Mexico commemorated the National Day of Remembrance with a one-day toiletries drive to benefit homeless shelters in the Albuquerque area that serve homeless veterans. The site partnered with its Military Support Committee, which assisted by collecting items at 20 drop-off locations. Additionally, Sandia recruited volunteers to help renovate a former jail that has become an emergency shelter for the homeless during winter months. Employees worked on one of the men’s facilities on September 9 and dedicated that day’s service to the National Day of Remembrance.
At Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, employees chose to work with the Helen Ross McNabb Center, an eastern Tennessee-based behavioral health services organization, and its project to establish a 10-unit apartment development for homeless veterans in need. Specifically, employees collected donations and household items that will be used to furnish the units. Over a two-week period that wrapped up on Sept. 11, employees were encouraged to give to the effort.
Team members at Pantex near Amarillo, Texas, hosted a donation drive for household items to benefit the Veteran Resource Center, which is part of the Family Support Service Center in Amarillo. Requested items included: kitchen and bathroom trash cans, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and laundry baskets. The items will help veterans as they transition into permanent housing.
Los Alamos National Laboratory employees worked to support Wreaths Across America. The lab has raised nearly $5,000 in pledges from its corporate partners, and employees were encouraged by Sept. 11 to purchase wreaths which will be placed on individual veterans’ graves on National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 16. The laboratory is coordinating the regional Wreaths Across America initiative with Los Alamos National Security LLC, Centerra-LA, the lab’s protective force contractor, and Los Alamos National Bank, including the purchase and placement of wreaths on the graves. Between them, the partners are donating $4,500 to kick-start the appeal.
Employees at the Nevada National Security Site collected donations for the United Service Organizations (USO) in Las Vegas. Employees donated lip balm, headphones, small electronics, eye drops, and deodorant, which were presented to the USO location at McCarran International Airport on Sept. 11. The USO provides a home away from home for active duty and retired service members and their families, who are traveling due to deployments or military relocations.
The Veterans in Energy, Technology and Science (VETS) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory joined forces with Sandia’s Military Support Committee at Sandia National Laboratories’ Livermore campus in California to collect 216 backpacks filled with school supplies as part of Operation Backpack. The backpacks, worth $11,000, were donated to the children of local military families at Camp Parks and Travis Air Force Base.
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions employees with the Savannah River Site’s NNSA Operations & Programs kicked off a veterans supply drive for the Augusta Warrior Project (AWP) on Sept. 11. Employees collected supplies that the AWP considers most needed by the veterans and families they serve. AWP provides services for veterans of all military branches and their families, including homeless veterans, living in Augusta, Georgia, and Aiken, South Carolina.