TriWest Commits $250,000 to the Pentagon MemorialPress Release - Friday, September 8, 2006
PHOENIX (Sept. 8, 2006) — As the nation remembers that tragic day America was attacked, TriWest Healthcare Alliance honors those who lost their lives in the attack on the Pentagon with a $250,000 gift to the Pentagon Memorial Fund. This is the second contribution that TriWest has made to the fund.
The fund will build a simple, elegant memorial dedicated to the 59 victims aboard Flight 77 on September 11, 2001 and to the 125 people inside the Pentagon who lost their lives. The memorial will be built on the Pentagon’s grounds near Flight 77’s point of impact and will be a public place for contemplation, remembrance, reflection and renewal.
“Our nation can ill afford to lose sight of what happened that day, and this memorial will help us stay focused on the long, hard job still ahead while honoring those who lost their lives in the attack on the Pentagon,” said TriWest President and CEO David McIntyre, Jr.
“We are making this commitment also for our descendents so they, too, may feel the great loss we suffered that day and take strength from their sacrifice and from our resolve,” McIntyre said.
The Pentagon Memorial Fund’s goal is to raise $32 million, $22 million to build the park and $10 million to establish an endowment to maintain the memorial for future generations.
TriWest will present the contribution to Pentagon Memorial Fund Board of Directors President, Mr. Jim Laychak at a ceremony, along with Congressman J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., and the Adjutant General for the State of Arizona on Friday, September 8 at 2:00 pm at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix.
“We are so thrilled and honored that TriWest was willing be a part of this project. I know I speak for all of the family members involved when I say thank you. We have a lot of work left to be done but with partners like TriWest, I’m more confident than ever that this memorial will be built”, said Jim Laychak, President of the Pentagon Memorial Fund.
TriWest is the Department of Defense contractor that administers the military health care program TRICARE for America’s military families in 21 western states. The Company has established a corporate contributions program to assist military families through support of the USO, facilities to help seriously wounded veterans recover, family assistance funds and many other ways.
TriWest Healthcare Alliance is a Phoenix-based corporation that partners with the Department of Defense to provide access to cost-effective, high-quality health care for 2.8 million members of America’s military family in the 21-state TRICARE West Region, which is comprised of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and western Texas. For more information, visit www.triwest.com