(LEAVENWORTH, Ks.) Thanks a generous donation from J.B. Hunt transport, the Leavenworth National Cemetery was able to provide wreaths for 10,000 to be placed on the graves of fallen soldiers during the Wreaths Across America program on Saturday, December 16.
In addition to providing support to the families of fallen soldiers, J.B. Hunt is working with veterans returning home from overseas. Hunt’s Heroes is a new program aimed at hiring soldiers transitioning from active duty to civilian life.
Army veteran and purple heart recipient, Daniel Gronde was hired by J.B. Hunt a year after he returned from active duty in Iraq.
“On July 24, 2011, I was injured by an IED blast in Afghanistan. Me and my friend were both injured in the incident and if we would have been just a little bit closer, we would have been here as well with a wreath being put on us today,” Gronde said.
The program provides training and allows veterans to work closely with prgrams like Wreaths Across America. Gronde
“It’s just nice to be able to give back to my friends and family, and brothers and sisters who didn’t get to be as luck as I was,” Gronde said. “I think it’s just a good way to show all the families of all the fallen veterans that they aren't forgotten. Their son, brother, sister, mother or father are not forgotten by this country and this give us a chance to give some holiday spirit back to them.”
The Hunt’s Heroes program plans to hire 10,000 veterans company wide by the year 2020.