Help win Pepsi Challenge for AmericanWarrior

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Wed., Jun. 1, 2011
A group of veterans in front of the World War II memorial during a September 2010 AmericanWarrior trip. Contributed photos. - Contributed Photo

On Sept. 15, 2007, AmericanWarrior completed its first Day of Honor. One hundred World War II veterans and 45 guardians flew on a chartered Airbus 320 to Reagan International Airport. Veterans enjoyed lunch at the WWII Memorial and then visited the Korean, Vietnam, Air Force, Sea Bee, Navy and Marine memorials in Washington, D.C. Since that trip, the program has sent more than 630 veterans to Washington. Veterans pay nothing for the trip, which costs the organization approximately $250 per person. The organization was founded by state Rep. Chris Coutu (R-47th District) who realized that many World War II veterans never have a chance to see their memorial. “This is their last wish, and we will make it reality,” said Coutu.

Now, AmericanWarrior has become applied for a Pepsi Challenge grant. In order to receive $25,000, the organization must be one of the highest vote-getters during a one-month period.  “We need one minute of your day for a month to cast votes in support of an AmericanWarrior $25,000 grant,” said Coutu. “At $250 per veteran, the grant would pay for one entire trip.” After an initial sign-up, voting is once per day and is quick and easy. See www.refresheverything for more details and to sign up.

For more information regarding AmericanWarrior, go to There is also an AmericanWarrior documentary scheduled to show on Connecticut My 9 on July 3 at 5 p.m. The next AmericanWarrior Washington, D.C., trip is planned for the fall of 2011.

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