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The Armed Services YMCA Gets the Support of RTS and Kramer Electronics

October 29, 2012

The first act of volunteerism by the local YMCA for people in the military was during the Civil War in 1861. As the movement grew it was called the United States Christian Commission, and its efforts during the war was recognized by President Abraham Lincoln. The first permanent Army YMCA was established in Virginia and since that time the organization has been supporting men and women in the military. The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) officially became part of the Department of Defense in 1984. RTS Unified Communications hosted its 2nd annual charity event in New York City in October along with Platinum sponsor Kramer Electronics.

The ASYMCA is a not-for-profit organization that works to improve the lives of men and women in the military by providing free services to some of the difficulties enlisted personnel face. Each local chapter of the ASYMCA across the country address specific needs of each individual with therapeutic programs, youth development, spouse support services, wounded warrior support, computer training services and other issues including financial advice.

The goal is to help soldiers cope with any difficulty they face related to combat duty or any other issue so they can transition into civilian life. The focus of the organization is on junior-enlisted men and women. They are the individuals risking their lives in the frontline in theaters of combat defending our country.

The organization greatly depends on donors to keep it going, and companies like RTS and Kramer provide much need funds in these difficult times. It does not receive any funding from the government, instead relying fully on private donations. It’s always looking for volunteers and donors year round.

J. Pepe, CEO of RTS said, “We are proud to be supporting this fine charity organization and strongly recommend other corporations get involved with the ASYMCA. We were honored to provide them with the financial support they need to care for our military service members.”

The ASYMCA is widely recognized as one of the most efficient and highly rated organization when it comes to using donated funds. It uses free and donated space with mostly volunteer staff to keep costs low and high quality services for our men and women in uniform.

“I am honored RTS chose our organization as the beneficiary of their annual charity event. The money raised will be used to continue our programs and services to military families across the country. We are proud to help make military life easier for those who serve. Many thanks to all who attended the event” said Linda Bright, executive director, Armed Services YMCA of MO.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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