Anheuser-Busch Renews Commitment to Support PVA's Outdoor Sports Programs


WASHINGTON, March 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- During a Capitol Hill ceremony today, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. demonstrated its commitment to the nation's veterans when it donated a check for $100,000 to underwrite sporting programs for disabled veterans.

This marks the second consecutive year that Anheuser-Busch has provided this level of support to the outdoor sporting programs sponsored by Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).

Assembling at the Russell Rotunda were Senators Kit Bond (R-MO) and Conrad Burns (R-MT), Anheuser-Busch Group Vice President and General Counsel Stephen Lambright, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh Shelton, and PVA National President Joseph L. Fox, Sr., and PVA Executive Director Delatorro L. McNeal.

"Especially at this time in our nation's history, it's an honor and privilege for us to be among those to salute the men and women who have served this country in uniform," said Lambright, who is also a veteran. "We're proud to work with the Paralyzed Veterans of America through this unique project to create even more recreational opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors for disabled veterans and others with physical challenges."

"Any program that benefits our veterans, especially those who are disabled as a result of their service to our nation, is a worthy endeavor," said Bond. "This initiative will give our paralyzed veterans increased access to the great outdoors."

"I cannot begin to underscore the impact Anheuser-Busch's generous support has had on PVA's outdoor sports programs. It has allowed PVA to turn dreams into reality," stated Fox. "From coast to coast, physically challenged Americans are gaining access to the great outdoors as never before. It is also important to note that Anheuser-Busch is the only corporation nationally supporting the Disabled Sportsmen's Access Act. We at PVA would like to also acknowledge and thank Senator Burns and Senator Bond for their continued support of disabled veterans."

Lambright added that the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, the company's philanthropic arm, donated $500,000 in 1999 to aid in the restoration of the Battleship Missouri Memorial; joined with others to fund a scholarship program for dependents of service men and women killed during Operation Desert Storm; been a longtime supporter of the USO; was among the first major corporations to step in with assistance for post-September 11 relief efforts, and has provided assistance to a number of other military-related efforts.

The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a veterans service organization chartered by Congress, has for more than 55 years served the needs of its members, all of whom have catastrophic paralysis caused by spinal cord injury or disease. To learn more about PVA, visit its web site at www.pva.org.
Contact: David J. Uchic of Paralyzed Veterans of America, 202-416-7667