Google and Wine Country Marines Donate $250K in goods to VA Palo Alto Veterans - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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Google and Wine Country Marines Donate $250K in goods to VA Palo Alto Veterans

September 27, 2013

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- More than $250,000 worth of various items were donated from Google and Wine Country Marines to Veterans at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Menlo Park, Calif., today.

“Google is committed to supporting Veterans within our communities,” said Joe DeMike, Google Internet Marketing Executive and U.S. Army Veteran. “I’m really honored to be able to support the men and women who care for our Veterans.”

The combined donation included various items from both organizations, such as hundreds of suits, thousands of watches, hand warmers, various winter hats, gloves and jackets. More than two dozen Veterans and volunteers helped unload the boxed items, which will be used to help Veterans and their families in the homeless and domiciliary program.

“By joining with companies like Google, we’re able to create a ‘force multiplier’ and do something extraordinary for our community Veterans,” said Bill Peacock, Chairman of the Board for Wine Country Marines and Retired U.S. Marine Corps. Colonel.

Peacock stressed the importance of community organizations combining resources to make a larger impact with Veterans, and that this type of philanthropy can easily grow. “I really hope we’re setting the tone for our communities,” he said. “When I look back on the .5 percent of Americans who wear a uniform in defense of this country, I think this is the least we can do. These men and women are the elite in our country, and I’m more than honored to give back to them.”

As former military officers, both DeMike and Peacock saw the continued connection with helping fellow service members. “As Veterans, we know firsthand that taking care of service members is always at the forefront of every military leader,” said DeMike. “This is forever engrained in who we are and doesn’t go away because we no longer wear the uniform. It remains, and we’re continuing to fulfill that duty today.”

Organizations and individuals wishing to donate to support Veterans at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System can do so by visiting the Donations page.