Jacksonville, Fla. – As part of City of Jacksonville's 2018 Celebration of Valor, Jaguars Foundation Senior Vice President Peter Racine joined Mayor Lenny Curry, Congressman Al Lawson, Congressman John Rutherford and other city officials this past Friday to announce the 2018 recipients of the Jacksonville Veterans Resource and Reintegration Center community grants. For the fifth consecutive year, the Jaguars Foundation and the City of Jacksonville's Military Affairs and Veterans Department awarded $50,000 to military and veteran serving organizations throughout the community. To date, the Jaguars have provided $750,000 to the City of Jacksonville and more than $250,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations in support of this partnership.
"We are proud that so many veterans choose to make Northeast Florida their home and that the Jacksonville Veterans Resource and Reintegration Center at City Hall provides the comprehensive support many need to make the transition to civilian life," said Racine. "The work that the Center and partnering nonprofit organizations undertake each and every day to support our local military and veterans is vital to the strength of our community."
Grants were provided to the following eight military-veteran serving organizations:
Disabled American Veterans, Five STAR Veterans Center, Florida National Guard Foundation, K9s for Warriors, Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Operation New Uniform, Syracuse University and the Wounded Warrior Project.
As the Jaguars enter their sixth year of the partnership, Racine announced that Jaguars owner Shad Khan has extended his support to provide an additional $100,000 contribution to the Jacksonville Veterans Resource and Reintegration Centerfor 2018-2019 and has committed another $50,000 for grantmaking in 2019 to nonprofits coordinating with the Center's mission.
Racine also announced that CSX will serve as the presenting sponsor for the Jaguars 2018 Salute to Service activities. The Jaguars and CSX will host events and activities for military members, spouses and families on local bases and at TIAA Bank Field throughout November and December, culminating in the Jaguars Salute to Service game on December 2 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars will donate thousands of tickets to active, retired and reservist military personnel and their families, thanks to the generosity of CSX and other partners.
Jaguars Foundation Senior Vice President, Peter Racine speaking at the press conference.