Unisync Executive Appointments

/EINPresswire.com/ — TORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – September 29, 2017) – Unisync Corp. (“Unisync“) (TSX VENTURE: UNI) The Board of Directors of Unisync is pleased to advise that former Chief Operating Officer, B. James Bottoms, has been appointed to the position of President and a Director of Unisync’s wholly owned subsidiary, Unisync Group Limited effective October 2, 2017. Prior to his seven year tenure as COO of the Unisync Group, James had an extensive background in the apparel/sewn goods industry having served in leadership positions at a variety of companies including VF Corp and Columbia Sportswear. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, he has been an active contributor to the uniform/image apparel industry serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (“NAUMD”) and Chair of the Image Apparel Institute. James has also been an active member of the Toronto community where he has served as a supporter and volunteer with DECA, Ryerson, Scouts Canada and Casey House.

Concurrently, Naomi Meghory has been appointed Vice President of Global Accounts for Unisync Group Limited. Naomi has an extensive career in the garment industry and has been a valued and productive member of the Unisync team since 2006. She joined Unisync Group Limited in the Program Management Department and quickly moved through positions to Account Executive in 2008 and more recently to the position of Director – Global Accounts. In her new role, Naomi will assume responsibility over both inside and outside corporate image wear sales efforts.

“I am extremely pleased to be part of the Board’s efforts to recognize the dedication and capabilities of these industry professionals and the contributions they have made to the development of our corporate image wear division,” commented CEO Douglas Good. “Their efforts in combination with that of many more supportive and capable team members have resulted in the addition of a number of major corporate image wear projects with companies such as Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Porter Airlines, TELUS, G4S Security, Suncor Energy (Petro Canada) and Purolator.”

ABOUT UNISYNC

Unisync operates through two main business units: Unisync Group Limited (“UGL”) of Mississauga, Ontario and Peerless Garments LP (“Peerless”) of Winnipeg, Manitoba. UGL is a leading customer-focused provider of corporate apparel, serving a list of iconic brands. Peerless specializes in the production and distribution of highly technical protective garments, military operational clothing and accessories for a broad spectrum of Federal, Provincial and Municipal government departments and agencies. UGL also services the Fire and EMS business segment through its wholly owned Ontario-based Carleton Uniforms Inc. Unisync is a vertically integrated Canadian enterprise with exceptional capabilities in garment design, domestic manufacturing and off-shore outsourcing, including state-of-the-art web based B2B ordering, distribution and program management systems.

For more information on our capabilities, products and services please visit our website at www.unisyncgroup.com.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Douglas F Good

CEO

Remarks by President Trump to the National Association of Manufacturers

Mandarin Oriental

Washington, D.C.

11:41 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Taking up a lot of television time, but that’s okay. (Laughter.) Thank you all very much. It’s great to be here with the National Association of Manufacturers. And I especially want to thank your president, Jay Timmons, and your chairman, David Farr, along with all of the members of Congress that are here today. And they’re working hard, I will tell you that.

I’d like to begin by sending our thoughts and prayers to the people of Puerto Rico who have been struck by storms of historic and catastrophic severity. People have never seen anything like this. We’ve undertaken a massive federal mobilization to assist Puerto Rico, including the presence of over 10,000 federal personnel, including 5,000 U.S. military and National Guard personnel, led by a very, very strong and talented three-star general.

All appropriate departments of our government, from Homeland Security to Defense, are engaged fully in the disaster and the response and recovery effort — probably has never been seen for something like this. This is an island surrounded by water — big water, ocean water.

We’re closely coordinated with the territorial and local governments, which are totally and, unfortunately, unable to handle this catastrophic crisis on their own. Just totally unable to. The police and truck drivers are very substantially gone. They’re taking care of their families and largely unable to get involved, largely unable to help. Therefore, we’re forced to bring in truck drivers, security, and many, many other personnel, by the thousands. And we’re bringing them onto the island as we speak. We’ve never seen a situation like this.

The electrical grid and other infrastructure were already in very, very poor shape. They were at their life’s end prior to the hurricanes. And now, virtually everything has been wiped out, and we will have to really start all over again. We’re literally starting from scratch.

Ultimately, the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort — it will end up being one of the biggest ever — will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island.

We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe. These are great people. We want them to be safe, and sound, and secure, and we will be there every day until that happens.

Likewise, we’re working closely with the Virgin Islands on the disaster recovery, and that effort is going very, very well. Both governors, I have to tell you, of Puerto Rico and of the Virgin Islands have been extremely good. They are working so hard. But there’s nothing left. It’s been wiped out. The houses are largely flattened. The roads are washed away. There is no electricity; the plants are gone. They’re gone. It’s not like, let’s send a crew in to fix them. You have to build brand-new electric. Sewage systems wiped out. Never been anything like this.

there remains a lot of work to do, and we will work with the folks that we’re working with right now. They’re trying very, very hard — I will tell you that. But nobody has ever seen anything like it.

We’re here today at the National Association of Manufacturers to discuss our vision for America’s economic revival and to celebrate the people whose vision and products stock our shelves, fill our homes, and enrich our lives.

I want to express my special gratitude to the incredible workers on stage. Congratulations. (Applause.) They are the ones — and millions out there — now, they’re not as good as you, but they’re very good. (Laughter.) But the millions out there whose dedication and drive makes this country run.

It’s a great honor to be here with the men and women whose creations power our communities and protect our nation. We are all here today for the same reason — because we believe in that beautiful, beautiful phrase that hasn’t been used so much over the last three decades: Made in the USA. (Applause.) It’s a phrase that fills our hearts with pride, and they embody the skill, grit, and drive of the American worker.

The single best tribute to our workers can be found in the unmatched quality and craftsmanship of the amazing products they bring from the blueprint to the storefront. “Made in the USA” is a global symbol of unrivaled excellence.

My administration is working every day to lift the burdens on our companies and on our workers so that you can thrive, compete, and grow. And at the very center of that plan is a giant, beautiful, massive — the biggest ever in our country — tax cut. (Applause.)

For decades, the policy of Washington D.C. on the subject of manufacturing was a policy best summarized in one word: surrender. They surrendered. Under my administration, the era of economic surrender is over, and the rebirth of American industry is beginning. America is winning again, and America is being respected again. And you see that happening all over. You see the five plants that were announced just recently — auto plants. So many people are coming back into this country. They want to be back in. Other countries are bringing their companies and sending their companies in. They all want to be back, and that’s great for our workers.

On every front, in every way, on every policy, we are guided by the same economic goal: to keep jobs in America, to bring jobs to America, to create real prosperity for America, the country that we love.

That is why we have lifted the restrictions on American energy, ending the war on coal, approving the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines. And I’ll tell you something: I did that immediately — first couple of days; 48,000 jobs and everybody is happy — and reversing the EPA intrusion into your business and into your lives. Instead, we are returning the EPA to its core mission: clean air and crystal clean water. That’s what we want. We want clean air. We want clean water.

We’re fighting to create fair and reciprocal trade for American companies — and the word “reciprocal” is so important — lifting barriers to our exports; cracking down on countries that cheat, of which there are many; and ensuring a level playing field for our great American workers and our great American companies. Because when our workers have a level playing field, no one — absolutely no one — can beat us. Right? Right? (Applause.)

We’ve also taken historic action to protect our manufacturing and defense industrial base. My administration has ordered a first-ever complete review of the manufacturing technology and supply chains we need to protect our country. We cannot have national security without economic security.

To further unleash American enterprise, we have taken unprecedented steps to remove job-killing regulations that sap the energy, creativity, and dynamism from our country. We are cutting regulations at a pace that has never even been thought of before — not even thought of. This is a groundbreaking campaign and involves every department and agency across our government.

We are requiring every federal manager to systemically review, and then remove, the regulations that destroy your jobs, hamstring your companies, and undermine your ability to compete. And we need some regulations, but we don’t need 35 regulations to take care of one item. We don’t need to go through nine different agencies to get something taken off. We want beautiful, fast, efficient regulation that works. (Applause.) Thank you.

Already, we are seeing the results of an economic policy that puts America first. Unemployment is at a 16-year low. Wages are rising. The stock market is soaring to record levels. The S&P hit a record high just this morning, as I was coming over. GDP growth hit over 3 percent last quarter — was just adjusted yesterday, and is now at 3.1 percent — a number that hasn’t been seen in a very, very long time, and a number that’s way ahead of schedule. (Applause.)

And I believe we’re doing better this month, but unfortunately having the hurricanes hitting Texas, and Florida, and Louisiana and, obviously, other locations — and especially where we are right now, with the kind of money we’re spending on Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, it’s going to be a little bit of a hit. But we’re doing extremely well, even this quarter, despite the hurricanes.

Manufacturing confidence is at an all-time high. America is finally back on the right track. But our country and our economy cannot take off like they should unless we transform America’s outdated, complex, and extremely burdensome tax code. It is a burden on our country. (Applause.)

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass tax reform that is pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-family, and pro-American.

Our current tax code punishes companies for doing business in the United States, and encourages them to leave. And that’s what’s happened for so many years. And that’s one of the reasons, probably the prime reason, that companies are leaving our country and firing all those people. They’re not bringing the jobs with them; they’re giving other countries those jobs, firing all of those great people. That’s stopping. It’s already started to stop about nine months ago. But that’s stopping, and it’s stopping right now.

We need a tax system that encourages companies to stay in America, grow in America, and hire in America. (Applause.) For several months, my administration has been working closely with Congress to develop a framework for tax reform that will deliver exactly that: more jobs, higher pay, and lower taxes for middle-income families and for American businesses of all sizes. And these are businesses that create jobs.

We unveiled an incredible framework on Wednesday in Indiana — a great state — and I’d like to share with you four core principles of our plan:

First, we will cut taxes for everyday, hardworking Americans, and we’re going to cut them substantially. Under this framework, the first $12,000 for a single individual and the first $24,000 for a married couple will be absolutely tax free — no tax. We are nearly doubling the amount of income that is taxed at a rate of zero. Above that amount, income will be taxed at three rates — 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent.

We will also substantially increase the child tax credit to save working families even more money, because we know the most important investment our country can make is in our children.

Our framework also provides relief to those who care for an older loved one through a $500 tax credit — something that everybody has been wanting so badly for so long.

By eliminating the tax breaks and special interest loopholes that primarily benefit the wealthy, our framework ensures that the benefits of tax reform go to the middle class, not the highest earners.

That’s why we have also have given Congress the flexibility to add an additional top rate on the very highest income earners to provide even more tax relief for everyday working people.

Second, our framework will make the tax code more simple, fair, and easy to understand. American families and businesses waste billions and billions of dollars, and tens of billions of dollars on excruciating paperwork and compliance every single year — and it never ends. Under our framework, the vast majority of families will be able to file their taxes on a single sheet of paper.

We’re also repealing the unfair and complicated alternative minimum tax, or AMT. The AMT requires many people to calculate their taxes two different ways and pay the higher of the two amounts. We’re closing loopholes, reducing burdens, and replacing confusion with total clarity.

As part of this simplification, we’re also going to protect millions of family businesses by ending the crushing, horrible, and unfair estate tax, also known as the death tax. (Applause.) That means for those of you with small and family-owned businesses, your family won’t have to sell the business in a fire sale just to pay a very, very high and unfair tax. Your families can continue to run your businesses with love and dedication and remembrance of you.

We will protect our manufacturers and our workers, and we will make taxes simple, easy, and fair for all Americans. And it’s about time. (Applause.)

We will cut taxes on American businesses to restore our competitive edge and create more jobs and higher wages for the American worker.

The last major tax reform was passed more than 30 years ago in 1986, with a large bipartisan majority. This sounds so nice. Wouldn’t that be nice? (Laughter.) Come on — look — we have so many right here. Let’s go, raise your hands, fellas, if you’re — the 1986 tax bill, which substantially reduced our business tax rate to make America globally competitive, went through the roof. The plan worked; the jobs and industry boomed. Other countries saw our success and copied our playbook. Our foreign competitors adopted tax rates much lower and much more competitive than our own.

In fact, when it comes to business tax, we are now dead last among developed nations. We pay the highest tax of any nation in the world. Our rate is the least competitive rate there is.

Our business tax rate is 60 percent higher than our average economic competitor. Think of that. And then you say, how do you compete? Well, in many cases, you don’t. Our companies leave; they go to other countries. It’s a massive tax on every product made in America, giving countries like Germany, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China and Mexico — not to mention so many others — a massive head start over American industry.

It is time to go from dead last to pretty much the front of the pack — pretty much. (Applause.) We won’t be the lowest but we’ll be getting pretty close.

Under our framework, we will dramatically cut the business tax rate so that American companies and workers can beat our foreign competitors. (Applause.) We will cut the business tax rate from 35 percent, all the way down to 20 percent — below our average competition, by far.

And this is a revolutionary change, and the biggest winners will be everyday working families as jobs start pouring into our country. (Applause.) When companies leave our shores, it’s American workers who get hurt — they get fired. When companies stay in America, and move to America, it’s our wonderful workers who reap the benefits and the rewards.

And for the majority of American manufacturers that file taxes as sole proprietors or S corporations or partnerships, we will cap your top tax rate at a maximum rate — unlike present — of 25 percent. That’s your maximum rate. (Applause.) This will be the lowest top marginal income tax rate for small- and medium-sized businesses in more than 80 years. The lowest in 80 years. (Applause.) And it will be rocket fuel for our economy.

To further help our companies to compete, for the next five years our framework will allow you to fully write off the cost of new equipment in the year you buy it. Think of that one. To me, that’s so big. (Applause.) So you don’t take it over many years; you take it immediately upon when you buy it. That will be something that people have never seen before, and it will be great. It will be truly great. That means more production, more investment, and far more jobs.

If we want to make more products and say “Made in America” — because that’s what we want — “Made in the USA” or “Made in America” — then we have to reduce taxes on the businesses that produce in America. And with your help, that is exactly what we are going to do.

and finally, our framework — and you have to remember, you see what’s happening with companies and offshore — encourages American companies to bring back trillions of dollars in wealth parked overseas. Our current tax code actually punishes companies for keeping their headquarters in America and discourages them from bringing back the profits they earn overseas. We are going to reverse that.

now, we have at least $3 trillion overseas. And I must tell you, I’ve been following this for six years, and Republicans and Democrats have always said we want that money to come back. So they all agree, and they still never got it done. We’re going to bring everybody together, and we’re going to get that done. (Applause.)

We will eliminate the penalty on bringing back the future earnings and bringing them back to the United States in full. And we will impose a one-time low tax on money currently parked overseas so it can be brought back home to America, where it belongs.

For too long, our tax code has incentivized companies to leave our country in search of lower tax rates. My administration rejects the offshoring model, and we have embraced a new model. It’s called the American model.

We want companies to hire and grow in America, to raise wages for American workers, and to help rebuild American cities and towns. When we grow American manufacturing, we don’t only grow our jobs and wages, but we also grow America’s spirit. When we purchase products made in America, fashioned by our fellow citizens, we renew the bonds of national loyalty that link us all together as one.

There is a great patriotism that lives inside the men and women who leave their hearts on the factory floors, who pour their hopes into the works of iron and steel, and who turn dreams into reality with their own two hands.

When they huddle in the breakroom, at the rest stop, or at the end of a long and very tiring shift, they take pride in knowing that the products they work and the products they make aren’t just building business; they’re building families and communities, and, most of all, they are building this nation that we all love so much. (Applause.)

We want every American to know the dignity of work, the pride — the pride, the beautiful pride — getting a paycheck, the satisfaction of being told that was a job well done.

We want every parent to be able to care for their children, and we want every child to know a home filled with love, and a community filled with hope.

That is the America we see when we look at our American flag that hangs in all of our factories, sails our oceans, and waves over our cities, towns, and fields. We love our American flag. (Applause.)

The soul of a country is found in the people who make it a home, and we owe it to our citizens to provide them with a future of opportunity where they can earn a living with dignity and purpose and pride. We can build this future together as one team, one people, and one great American family.

This can be remembered as the moment we took control of our destiny and chose a future of American patriotism, prosperity, and pride.

With your help and your voice, we will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our wealth, and for every citizen across this land, we will bring back our great American Dream. (Applause.)

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.

END 12:10 P.M. EDT

Twenty-Seven Nominations and Two Withdrawals Sent to the Senate Today

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

Irwin Steven Goldstein, of New York, to be Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, vice Richard Stengel, resigned.

Norman Euell Arflack, of Kentucky, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Kentucky for the term of four years, vice Parker Loren Carl, term expired.

Michael T. Baylous, of West Virginia, to be United States Marshal for the Southern District of West Virginia for the term of four years, vice John Dale Foster, term expired.

David G. Jolley, of Tennessee, to be United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee for the term of four years, vice James Thomas Fowler, retired.

Daniel R. McKittrick, of Mississippi, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Mississippi for the term of four years, vice Dennis J. Erby, term expired.

Jesse Seroyer, Jr., of Alabama, to be United States Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama for the term of four years, vice Arthur Darrow Baylor, retired.

Sean P. Lawler, of Maryland, to be Chief of Protocol, and to have the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service, vice Peter A. Selfridge.

Thomas Harker, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy, vice Susan J. Rabern.

Linda A. Puchala, of Maryland, to be a Member of the National Mediation Board for a term expiring July 1, 2018. (Reappointment)

Bruce Landsberg, of South Carolina, to be a Member of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term expiring December 31, 2022, vice Christopher A. Hart, term expiring.

Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2017, vice Marietta S. Robinson, term expiring.

James Blew, of California, to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development, Department of Education, vice Carmel Martin, resigned.

James Randolph Evans, of Georgia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Luxembourg.

Erin Angela Nealy Cox, of Texas, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas for the term of four years, vice Sarah Ruth Saldana, resigned.

Ryan T. Holte, of Illinois, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims for a term of fifteen years, vice Nancy B. Firestone, term expired.

Duane A. Kees, of Arkansas, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas for the term of four years, vice William Conner Eldridge, resigned.

Matthew D. Krueger, of Wisconsin, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin for the term of four years, vice James L. Santelle, resigned.

Robert Hunter Kurtz, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, vice Sandra Brooks Henriquez, resigned.

Raymond Martinez, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, vice Thomas F. Scott Darling, III.

Robert H. McMahon, of Georgia, to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense, vice David J. Berteau, resigned.

Howard C. Nielson, Jr., of Utah, to be United States District Judge for the District of Utah, vice Brian Theadore Stewart, retired.

Christina E. Nolan, of Vermont, to be United States Attorney for the District of Vermont for the term of four years, vice Eric Steven Miller, resigned.

John P. Roth, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, vice Ricardo A. Aguilera, resigned.

Kenneth E. Allen, of Kentucky, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2021, vice C. Peter Mahurin, term expired.

A. D. Frazier, of Georgia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2022, vice Vera Lynn Evans, term expired.

Jeffrey Smith, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2022, vice Marilyn A. Brown, term expired.

James R. Thompson, III, of Alabama, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority for a term expiring May 18, 2021, vice Joe H. Ritch, term expired.

WITHDRAWALS SENT TO THE SENATE:

David G. Ehrhart, of Texas, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force, vice Gordon O. Tanner, which was sent to the Senate on June 12, 2017.

Ryan Dean Newman, of New Mexico, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Army, vice Alissa M. Starzak, which was sent to the Senate on April 28, 2017.

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Community Supports Wendover Housing Partners' Heritage Village Commons Following Hurricane Irma

/EINPresswire.com/ — LONGWOOD, FL–(Marketwired – Sep 29, 2017) – Wendover Housing Partners, a privately held real estate development, investment and management company, today highlights community relationships that helped the company with relief efforts for its Longwood, FL-located affordable senior community, Heritage Village Commons, following Hurricane Irma. Wendover’s employees and partners, property residents, and employees’ family and friends set a new standard for rapid community-wide response following devastating storms that most significantly affect vulnerable populations.

“Wendover has made it our priority to create and sustain affordable senior housing facilities for the millions of residents age 55 and older who call Florida home. We are committed to ensuring the safety and comfort of these residents during hurricane season and throughout the year,” said Lynn Edmondson, Regional Manager, Wendover Management, LLC. “We are proud to have served our residents with the utmost care during this trying time and to highlight the tremendous efforts of our nearby partners and Longwood area organizations.”

During the days following Hurricane Irma, a peak of 6.5 million Floridians were without power, and stores across the state struggled to reopen and receive shipments of food and water. Knowing that residents of the Central Florida-located Heritage Village Commons would likely experience these challenges after the storm, Wendover proactively reached out to community partners to assist with relief efforts. Due to these partner relationships and nearby organizations’ readiness to support city residents, the safety and comfort of all individuals who chose to remain in the property were quickly addressed during relief efforts. 

To ensure residents’ safety, constant wellness checks were administered to seniors on the property during the days following the hurricane. Additionally, The Salvation Army and the Wendover Management Team, with the assistance of Heathrow Country Club, provided meals for residents. The Longwood Fire Department provided ice for those in need. Once electricity was restored, the Longwood Police Department went door-to-door in the early hours of the morning to inform residents of such.

“We were overwhelmed by the enormous outpour of compassion and support for the residents of Heritage Village Commons,” said Ashley Martin, Resident Manager. “All residents are safe, comfortable and thankful for the efforts provided by Wendover partners and members of the community.”

Wendover would like to extend a special thanks to:

  • Community Emergency Response Team, Eugene Gray, Longwood Citizen Volunteer
  • Community Emergency Response Team Chief Jorge Schlaefu and Members Robert Silva and Armory Silva
  • Longwood Police Department; specifically, Sargent Gelm, Corporal Ryan Short and Jesse Smersky 
  • Longwood Fire Department 
  • Resident Manager Ashley Martin’s personal friends Nora Gonzalez, Janessa Gursky, Jennifer Negron, and Ron and Marci Fletcher
  • Toni Curlin, Heathrow Country Club
  • CORT Furniture Family; Sabrina Mendoza, Jasmine Edge and team
  • Heritage Village Commons residents’, Paulette Rhodes and Albert Gilbert
  • Wendover Employees; specifically, Brittany Rice and daughter, Hannah Gray, David Lobsinger, Lynn Edmondson, Ashley Martin, Denice Mills, Scott Wagner, Carlos Tejada, Rachel Muse, Terry Cummins, Jonathon Wolf, Yoally Rothenberg, Nancy Wolf, Lyndell McCormack and Susane Russell
  • Numerous Facebook Donors
  • Salvation Army; specifically, Sheed and Julia Tarnue

For additional information about Wendover Housing Partners, visit www.wendovergroup.com.

About Wendover Housing Partners

Headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Wendover Housing Partners, LLC is a privately held real estate development, investment and management company founded in 1995. As one of the Southeast’s premier housing companies, Wendover specializes in the development of single and multi-family homes, apartment communities, senior communities, and transit oriented development. Wendover’s expansive portfolio of affordable and mixed-income developments demonstrates the company’s success in creating housing opportunities in a variety of economically and socially diverse neighborhoods.

To find out more about Wendover Housing Partners, visit www.wendovergroup.com.

DoD Continues Support in Hurricane-Ravaged Areas

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2017 — The Defense Department is continuing relief operations in areas of the Caribbean Sea stricken by hurricanes in recent weeks.

In Puerto Rico, DoD continues ongoing relief operations and deployment of additional response capacity, expanding airfield and seaport throughput and supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency requirements, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement this morning.

Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, DoD’s liaison to the FEMA-led effort, and his deputy, Army Brig. Gen. Rich Kim, are in Puerto Rico and are coordinating with FEMA, the Puerto Rico National Guard, commonwealth leaders and other key response stakeholders, Davis said. The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp is returning to support response operations in and around Puerto Rico, he added.

U.S. Northern Command will pair Wasp MH-60 helicopters with additional helicopters to bring the total of tilt- and rotary-wing aircraft supporting the response to 52 aircraft, he said.

Hospital Assessments Continue

FEMA reports that assessments are complete at 62 of Puerto Rico’s 69 hospitals, Davis said — one is fully operational, 55 are partially operational, five are closed, and the status of eight is as yet unknown.

An assessment of the Schneider Regional Hospital on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands will be completed today to determine when patient services may resume, Davis said. Meanwhile, he added DoD is working to fulfill a FEMA request to establish a mobile medical facility on St. Croix.

The hospital ship USNS Comfort will depart its home port of Norfolk, Virginia, today, bound for Puerto Rico, and Northcom is sourcing a Role 3 medical capability and additional medical support, Davis said. The capability includes a self-sufficient deployable medical/surgical treatment facility, including inpatient care with 50 inpatient beds for up to 10 days, he explained.

The Army Corps of Engineers has completed a damage assessment at Puerto Rico’s Guajataca Dam, Davis said, and are consulting on repairs. A flash flood watch is posted there, with 1 to 3 inches of rain expected over the weekend, he added.

Ten of 12 regional staging areas, including 12 Puerto Rico National Guard armories, are open, he said, supporting more than 100 distribution points for meals, water and other commodities.

Eight airports are open in Puerto Rico and one remains closed, he said. Five of six FEMA-priority sea ports are open or open with restrictions, he added, and surveys of Ponce and Roosevelt Roads are ongoing. U.S. Transportation Command lifted a replacement generator for San Juan Combined Center/Radar Approach. When installed, the generator will enhance air traffic control capability and increase air traffic capacity.

Elsewhere in the Caribbean region, U.S. Southern Command‘s Joint Task Force Leeward Islands continues evacuations on Dominica, Davis said, noting that Southcom assets rescued one British and one French national whose civilian aircraft crashed outside Guadeloupe.

Face of Defense: Airman Gives Back to Veterans

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Sept. 29, 2017 — Air Force Senior Airman Javonte Lofton works as a hazardous material specialist with the Michigan Air National Guard’s 110th Logistics Readiness Squadron here, and he said it’s his duty to give back to the men and women who wore the uniform before him whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Veterans hold a special place in his heart, Lofton said. His wife is a disabled veteran. She deployed to Iraq with the Army Reserve’s 428th Military Police Company in 2010-11, and then to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2012-13. So, he said, America owes it to veterans to show them that what they have done for the nation is appreciated.

Veterans in Need

Many of these men and women may have physically come home, but many of them also left a piece of themselves there. Some came home and struggled to adapt to being a civilian again. They lost their families, homes and friends, and ended up living on the streets. The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that there are 39,471 homeless veterans in America on any given night. Many are homeless because they aren’t receiving the care and benefits that they are entitled to.

There are also veterans that have homes, but can’t do the things that they used to. They can’t get out and mow their lawns or shovel their driveways, and they don’t have family help them.

“Many of these guys are retired and they just can’t get out there and do some of these things for themselves anymore,” said Lofton, who often spends his spare time helping veterans.

Small Gestures Mean Big Things

Even the smallest of gestures can go a long way in making a difference. Some people spend time at the VA hospital or veterans homes, just stopping in to say “Hi.” Others help out veterans in their community by mowing lawns, which is what Lofton does for the people in his neighborhood.

“I just figure that I am already out here, and it takes an extra 20 minutes or so to mow the lawn or shovel off their driveway,” Lofton said.

Lofton also helps others in need by donating money to hurricane relief and assisting inner-city youth in the community here.

“I also try to mentor some of the kids that I see at the basketball court to help keep them out trouble and let them know that it’s not what you have on the outside that makes them who they are,” he said.

He said he doesn’t help others for the recognition; he just wants to do what he thinks is right and to do his part to make his community, and the lives of a few veterans, a little better.

“I don’t really do a lot. I just try to help out where I can,” Lofton said. “These people already did their part for us. It’s the least I can do for them.”

Strikes Kill ISIS Drone Experts

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Sept. 29, 2017 — Coalition airstrikes killed three senior and highly skilled Islamic State of Iraq and Syria officials near Mayadin, Syria, Sept. 12-14, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Abu Salman, an ISIS drone developer, was killed during airstrikes Sept. 14 while traveling with a terrorist associate in a vehicle from Mayadin to Asharah. His research workshop, located in Asharah, near Mayadin, was also destroyed in the strikes. His death and the destruction of his drone facility greatly disrupt ISIS’ development of weaponized drones and testing of new software.

Abu Muadh al-Tunisi and Sajid Farooq Babar were killed on Sept. 12 and 13, respectively, by coalition airstrikes near Mayadin. Both were responsible for manufacturing and modifying commercially produced drones.

“The removal of these key ISIS leaders disrupts and degrades ISIS’ ability to modify and employ drone platforms as reconnaissance and direct fire weapons on the battlefield,” said coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon.

The coalition will continue to exert pressure on ISIS senior leaders and associates across multiple networks to degrade, disrupt and dismantle ISIS structures and defeat terrorists throughout Iraq and Syria.

Calian Wins Contracts for Health Services Valued at Up to $1 Billion

OTTAWA, Sept. 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Calian Group Ltd. (TSX:CGY) today announced that it has successfully re-won the Health Care Providers Requirements (HCPR) Contract for the provision of health support services to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Two additional contracts were also awarded for the provision of health support services to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).
The HCPR contract with CAF is a renewal of the Health Services Support Contract (HSSC) that Calian has held since 2004. The HCPR contract has an initial term of four (4) years with an initial value of $275 million and an option to extend the contract for up to eight (8) additional years, with an aggregate total contract value for the 12 years of up to $875 million.Additional contracts with similar terms were simultaneously awarded to Calian for the provision of health support services to the RCMP and VAC with initial four (4) year term values of $19 million and $17 million, respectively, and aggregate total contract values for the full 12-year period of up to $60 million and $55 million, respectively. The current contract with CAF (HSSC) expires March 31, 2018 and generates approximately $65-70 million of revenues per year. These new contracts are expected to begin April 1, 2018 and while the cumulative level of effort is expected to increase with these new contracts, the exact amount of increased scope has yet to be determined.“This is a significant win for Calian Health that reaffirms our commitment to quality in the health support services we have delivered to CAF for the past 12 years. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to provide our ‘superior’-rated health services in support of the serving men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as their comrades in the RCMP and at VAC,” said Scott Murray, VP of Health Services at Calian.In order to support the expanded scope of these contracts, Calian has partnered with Bayshore. As two of the leading health services providers in Canada, Calian and Bayshore are uniquely positioned to deliver the highest quality of care to the full complement of communities represented in these contracts.“Bayshore strives to make a difference in people’s lives and there is none more deserving of excellent health care services than those who offer their lives to protect and serve us. I am honoured that Bayshore has been chosen to be part of the team to provide health care personnel for the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Veterans Affairs Canada,” states Stuart Cottrelle, President of Bayshore Healthcare Ltd., a national health care organization with over 12,000 staff across all provinces.  “We look forward to the opportunity to help each department achieve their health care goals. We believe that our expertise combined with Calian’s experience over the past 12 years offers an excellent opportunity for us to further enhance the great work done by Calian in providing health care personnel and in developing auxiliary programs to support members, veterans, and their families.”“Our commitment to delivery excellence and customer satisfaction has enabled Calian to not only retain current customers but attract several new clients in the health domain, directly supporting our corporate strategies of customer retention and diversification as well as our strategic goal of becoming the largest health services organization in Canada. This contract win provides our Health team with a solid foundation from which they will continue to grow and diversify our health services on a national scale,” stated Kevin Ford, President and CEO.Calian will hold a telephone conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on October 2, 2017 to discuss the award of these Health Care Providers Requirements Contracts. Interested participants from the financial & media community should call 1-800-263-0877 or (613) 216-0029 at approximately 9:55 a.m. The conference ID is 6182200. Following the presentation, interested parties will be invited to participate in a question and answer session. The conference call will be available for a period of 14 days for playback and is accessible by dialing 1-888-203-1112, passcode 6182200.About Calian Health
Calian Health is one of Canada’s largest national health services companies with over 10 years of experience in the management of health care professionals and health programs, as well as the operation and management of primary care and occupational health clinics. With a network of over 1,500 health care professionals, Calian supports over six million patient visits per year at over 180 clinic locations across Canada.
About Bayshore
Bayshore HealthCare is one of the country’s leading providers of home and community health care services and is a Canadian-owned company. With over 100 locations across the country, including 60 home care offices, 16 pharmacies and 65 community care clinics, Bayshore has more than 12,000 staff members and  provides care to over 200,000 clients. Its services are purchased by government care programs, insurance companies, workers’ compensation boards, health care organizations, the corporate sector and the public. The Bayshore brand extends across three business divisions: Bayshore Home Health (medical and non-medical home care and staffing services), Bayshore Specialty Rx (specialty pharmacy, infusion and pharmaceutical patient support services), and Bayshore Therapy & Rehab (physiotherapy and rehabilitation services). The company’s goal is to enhance the quality of life, well-being, dignity and independence of Canadians of all ages. Bayshore HealthCare has been a recipient of Canada’s Best Managed Companies award since 2006.
About Calian
Calian employs over 2800 people with offices and projects that span Canada, U.S. and international markets. The company’s capabilities are diverse with services delivered through two divisions. Calian’s Systems Engineering Division (SED) located in Saskatoon plans, designs and implements complex communication systems for many of the world’s space agencies and leading satellite manufacturers and operators. SED also provides contract manufacturing services for both private sector and military customers in North America. The Business and Technology Services (BTS) Division is headquartered in Ottawa and includes the provision of business and technology services to industry, public and government in the health, training, engineering and IT services domains.
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Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events. Such statements are generally accompanied by words such as “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect” or similar statements. Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, among other things: the impact of price competition; the dependence on new product development; the impact of rapid technological and market change; the ability of Calian to integrate the operations and technologies of acquired businesses in an effective manner; general industry and market conditions and growth rates; international growth and global economic conditions, particularly in emerging markets and including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the impact of consolidations in the business services industry. Additional risks and uncertainties affecting Calian can be found in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and its Annual Information Form for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2016 on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. If any of these risks or uncertainties were to materialize, or if the factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking information were to prove incorrect, actual results could vary materially from those that are expressed or implied by the forward-looking information contained herein and our current objectives or strategies may change.  Calian disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. No assurance can be given that actual results, performance or achievement expressed in, or implied by, forward-looking statements within this disclosure will occur, or if they do, that any benefits may be derived from them.
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Solitron Devices, Inc. Announces Preliminary Second Quarter and First Quarter Results

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Sept. 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Solitron Devices, Inc. (OTCBB:SODI) (“Solitron” or the “Company”) today announced an update on recent financial results and the status of its inventory adjustment.
For the six-month period ended August 31, 2017 (unaudited) (first half of fiscal 2018):Sales were approximately $5.4 million in the first half of fiscal 2018 versus approximately $3.7 million in the first half of fiscal 2017.Bookings were approximately $2.9 million in the first half of fiscal 2018 versus approximately $2.3 million in the first half of fiscal 2017.For the quarter ended August 31, 2017 (unaudited) (second quarter of fiscal 2018):Sales were approximately $2.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 versus approximately $1.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.Bookings were approximately $1.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018 versus approximately $1.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.Backlog was approximately $5.8 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2018 versus approximately $4.5 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017.Total cash and securities was approximately $2.8 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2018 versus approximately $3.6 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017.Accounts receivable was $1.5 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2018 versus approximately $0.9 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017.  The increase was primarily due to increased sales.Current liabilities were approximately $0.7 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2018 versus approximately $1.2 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017.Quick ratio ((cash + marketable securities + accounts receivable)/current liabilities)) was 5.8 at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2018 versus 3.6 at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017.For the quarter ended May 31, 2017 (unaudited) (first quarter of fiscal 2018):Sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were approximately $3.0 million versus approximately $1.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017.Bookings in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were approximately $1.2 million versus approximately $0.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017.Backlog at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was approximately $6.5 million versus approximately $4.5 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2017.Total cash and securities was approximately $2.5 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2018 versus approximately $7.0 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2017.  The decrease was primarily due to the separation agreement with the former CEO which included a severance payment and the repurchase of his shares and options. Accounts receivable at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was approximately $1.9 million versus approximately $0.8 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2017.  The increase was primarily due to increased sales.Current liabilities were approximately $1.0 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2018 versus approximately $1.0 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2017.Quick ratio ((cash + marketable securities + accounts receivable)/current liabilities)) was 4.3 at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2018 versus 8.1 at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2017.Sales levels are driven by backlog and delivery schedules.   For sales to increase on a long-term basis, our backlog must first increase.   Our sales team and product development efforts, led by our VP of Sales Jack Worthen, is working on exciting new opportunities, which we hope will lead to an increased backlog and higher sales.  We continue to see substantial improvement in customer relationships, we expect further improvement in the future, and are working on building new customer relationships.  In particular, we believe we have made great progress with the key customer noted in the 10-Q for the period ended November 30, 2016.These preliminary, unaudited results for the second quarter and first quarter of fiscal 2018 are based on management’s review of operations for those periods and the information available to the Company as of the date of this press release and remain subject to the completion of the Company’s review procedures. Final adjustments and other material developments may arise between the date of this press release and the dates the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended May 31, 2017 and August 31, 2017.  BDO USA, LLP has not reviewed or performed any procedures with respect to the accompanying preliminary financial information. The information presented in this press release should not be considered a substitute for the financial information to be filed with the SEC in the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended May 31, 2017 and August 31, 2017 once it becomes available. The Company has no intention or obligation to update the preliminary estimated unaudited financial results in this release prior to filing its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended May 31, 2017 and August 31, 2017.Inventory AdjustmentThe inventory adjustment is taking longer than the Company expected.  While closing out fiscal 2017 year-end financials, the Company determined it was necessary to amend some of its inventory policies.   Those policy changes require certain accounting procedures and supporting memos which we are in the process of completing with the assistance of an outside accounting firm.  We expect that step to take three to four weeks.  The Company will then focus on completing and filing with the SEC the appropriate periodic filings.  The most notable policy change regards wafer inventory.  Under the old policy, a wafer would only be reserved if none of the wafers in that lot were used in the past three years.  Under the new proposed policy, Solitron will reserve all wafers not directly tied to existing orders.About Solitron Devices, Inc.Solitron Devices, Inc., a Delaware corporation, designs, develops, manufactures and markets solid state semiconductor components and related devices primarily for the military and aerospace markets. The Company manufactures a large variety of bipolar and metal oxide semiconductor (“MOS”) power transistors, power and control hybrids, junction and power MOS field effect transistors (“Power MOSFETS”), and other related products. Most of the Company’s products are custom made pursuant to contracts with customers whose end products are sold to the United States government. Other products, such as Joint Army/Navy (“JAN”) transistors, diodes and Standard Military Drawings voltage regulators, are sold as standard or catalog items. The Company was incorporated under the laws of the State of New York in March 1959 and reincorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware in August 1987.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and the future performance of Solitron Devices, Inc. that involve risks and uncertainties that could materially affect actual results, including statements regarding the Company’s preliminary second quarter and first quarter results and changes to the Company’s inventory policies and the Company’s current estimate of time and action steps to complete its inventory adjustment.  Factors that could cause actual results to vary from current expectations and forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited to: (1) our ability to complete the necessary action steps within the expected timeframe, (2) our ability to restate the financial statements for any applicable periods, if necessary, (3) our ability to properly account for inventory in the future, (4) our ability to protect the Company’s net operating losses and tax benefits, (5) changes in our stock price, corporate or other market conditions; (6) the loss of, or reduction of business from, substantial clients; (7) our dependence on government contracts, which are subject to termination, price renegotiations and regulatory compliance; (8) changes in government policy or economic conditions; (9) increased competition; (10) the uncertainty of current economic conditions, domestically and globally; and (11) other factors contained in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including its Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.CONTACT: 
Tim Eriksen
(561) 848-4311
Corporate @solitrondevices.com 

Study to Examine Role of Adaptive Sports for Rehabilitation

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2017 — Michael Burns, CEO of the Toronto Invictus Games, announced that Invictus, in partnership with the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, is releasing the preliminary findings of the first-ever research study on the impact of the role of adaptive sports in the rehabilitation of service members and their families.

The study “will provide a platform for evidence-based policy making that will support the further development of sports programs and events for wounded warriors and veterans in Canada and around the world,” Burns said.

‘First of its Kind’ Study

“This study is the first of its kind,” he added. “There’s never before been a comprehensive study of competitive sporting events developed for service members and veterans. The Invictus Games has a mission: to use the power of sports to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who served their countries and loved ones. We’re confident that Dr. Celina Shirazipour’s findings will help us understand whether the Invictus Games are successful in fulfilling that mission and that it will take us across the finish line.”

Burns said the Invictus Games uses the power of sports to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and broaden awareness of the unique issues that affect people who serve their countries and families.

“We are delivering much more than just a high level sport competition,” he said. “Adaptive sport is also a very effective form of therapy for the soldiers who participate in these games. The games normally have hundreds of competitors who train for months at a very high intensity to push themselves to perform to the limits of their abilities. The games inspire thousands of soldiers and veterans to maintain a positive outlook and to strive to achieve more than what they thought possible.”

Research

Shirazipour is leading a sports psychology study, conducted by Dalhousie University and the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research. The study will explore the role of competitive sport in promoting psychological and social well-being for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans and their families in the short and long term before and after the Invictus Games.

The research team is interviewing 40 Canadian and international Invictus Games competitors, including the U.S. team and their family members. Competitors will respond to a series of questionnaires about their experiences training for and participating in the games and the long-term effects of the games. The athletes have injuries ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and depression to amputation and spinal-cord or nerve damage.

This research will provide a platform for evidence-based program development and policy making to support the further growth of sport programs and events delivered to wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.

“The study will also investigate how sport participation may influence service members’ and veterans’ reintegration into, and place in, society,” Shirazipour said.

Transformative Experience

“Sport is a transformative experience,” she said. “That transformation journey can be divided into three parts, training before the games, the games themselves like here in Toronto and life after the games. When the individuals make the team, they’re motivated because they have a team relying on them. That’s that military mentality: ‘I can’t let my team down.’ The transformation starts because they have to leave their house, find a coach, learn to train and get on a team.”

Shirazipour said the games also give competitors, especially those from countries that don’t support their military, the chance to be celebrated and recognized.

“People are like, ‘They actually came to see me participate and see my recovery and do my sport?’ It’s really intangible,” she said.

Shirazipour also said that giving the competitors a chance to represent their countries again gives them a sense of self identity and a return to service.

“There are a lot of key elements to learn from the initial study,” she said. “Some of these are the value of friends and family and having competitors set goals. Invictus can provide a transformative experience; this motivation to continue and to contain one’s psychological and social well-being.”

Army veteran Will Reynolds competed for the U.S. at the Invictus Games in 2014 in London, in 2016 in Orlando and this year in Toronto. He has also competed at the Department of Defense Warrior Games over the years and earned several medals in track and field and cycling. He is an above-the-knee amputee.

“Research is important because it helps bring the support and funding,” Reynolds said. “If we can in an empirical way show that this is helping people, which we know it is, we see all the great success stories that come out of this. It’s only going to help build the support behind it so every country’s equivalent to Veterans Affairs and Military Health can keep putting a lot of support behind it because it is that impactful on the whole population.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs holds six national clinics a year, including winter and summer sports clinics, Reynolds said. “They’ve been doing it for decades,” he said. “They see the benefit, and they really want to keep it going for veterans. The Invictus Games is on an even bigger scale because this is international, and it’s for active duty as well, so it’s something else to bolster the programs they already see a lot of benefit in.”

Importance of Invictus

Britain’s Prince Harry said he began the Invictus Games after visiting a warrior care facility when he visitedthe 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“I’m hugely passionate about the Invictus Games. I’m passionate about the role support can play in the recovery of the body and the mind,” he said. “I’m passionate about the men and women of our armed forces who have served their countries, and I’m passionate in my support and admiration for the families of them because they, too, have served.”

When he first visited the warrior care facility, the prince said “it was there where I first saw the impact that sport could play in recovering these men and women. I was amazed at seeing the fiercest competition turn into respect, understanding and friendship after the finish line was crossed.”

The prince continued, “I saw people giving their all on the court or in the pool, but then hugging their opponents as brothers-in-arms. Seeing this myself convinced me that we have to enable more wounded, ill and injured service men and women to benefit from the power of competition. And we have to find a way to stage the competition that could attract the attention of the world and inspire millions. The idea of the Invictus Games was born.”

Harry, who served in the British Army for 10 years, including two deployments to Afghanistan, said he knows the journey to the Invictus Games is not an easy one for the competitors.

“People find motivation in many ways but in my mind, there’s no denying the impact that teamwork, competition and fun has,” he said. “The wife of a U.S. competitor thanked me as tears rolled down her face. She said, ‘My husband is on the [American] team and when he’s with the team, I see him smile, a genuine smile. I cry because his smile is something we’ve been missing. Thank you for these games.’”

“We believe that the games have made a real difference,” the prince said. “Competitors, friends and their families told us that the games were not only changing lives but saving lives. Sport, of course, is not the only answer, but it is a powerful tool.”

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