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UTC Aerospace Systems donates $100,000 to help support wounded service members through Wounded Warrior Project

Nov 12, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems is proud to support the nation's veterans with the donation of $100,000 to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) through its ISR & Space Systems business. This is the sixth consecutive year that UTC Aerospace Systems has supported Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

The $100,000 donation will be designated for the WWP Warriors to Work program, which offers career guidance and support services to veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce, and partners with employers by connecting them with qualified candidates, educating them about combat-related injuries, facilitating the onboarding process and developing a long-lasting relationship throughout the life cycle of employment.

"At ISR & Space Systems, supporting the warfighter is core to what we do every day, providing our customers with technology and advanced tools that enable mission success," said Tom Bergeron, president, ISR & Space Systems. "We are committed to the warfighters on and off the battlefield, and know that many face significant challenges in preparing to enter the workforce. This year we are proud that our funds will go directly to helping returning service personnel overcome any obstacles they may have in finding meaningful employment."

During Veterans Week, the ISR & Space Systems business also invited injured veterans to share their stories at eight of its facilities, which also held a variety of events to raise money for Wounded Warrior Project and to recognize local veterans.

"We are grateful for the support UTC Aerospace Systems is providing to help Wounded Warrior Project's programs and services," said Adam Silva, chief program officer at WWP. "With their designation to the Warriors to Work program, UTC Aerospace Systems is helping our returning warriors overcome obstacles big and small as they make career changes. Many of our service personnel entered into the military right out of high school and don't have experience preparing for careers in the civilian world. Add to that the physical and psychological trauma many come home with, and the barriers can seem insurmountable. The UTC Aerospace Systems donation will help us continue to assist veterans on their road to economic empowerment."

According to the Wounded Warrior Project, 52,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries.  UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base, with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.

About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women to aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

SOURCE UTC Aerospace Systems

For further information: Sarah O'Shea +1 978 490 2559, sarah.o'shea@utas.utc.com, or Dan Coulom, +1 704 423 7527, dan.coulom@utas.utc.com