DALLAS --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- USPlabs, LLC, manufacturer of ultra-premium dietary supplements, today announced it is partnering with General Nutrition Centers (GNC) to raise funds to help American veterans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan by donating a percentage of every unit sold in GNC's U.S. corporate stores and on GNC.com to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The drive will continue through 2010, with absolutely no limit to the potential amount donated. Through September 2010, USPlabs has already donated over $400,000 to Wounded Warrior Project through sale of its products at GNC, and the company remains committed to its effort to raise over half a million dollars for WWP by the end of 2010.
"This program is an excellent opportunity for USPlabs and our customers to show support for the brave men and women who've dedicated their lives to defending freedom" ."This program is an excellent opportunity for USPlabs and our customers to show support for the brave men and women who've dedicated their lives to defending freedom," said Jacob Geissler, USPlabs CEO. "The proceeds from this program will assist these veterans in many ways to regain what they have lost in service to our country. USPlabs looks for this to be one of the largest charitable donations in industry history."
"We are amazed by the generosity and speed in which USPlabs stepped up to support such an remarkable charity, and we are of also very proud of the more than $400,000 dollars USPlabs has raised for WWP from their products sold at GNC!" said Tom Dowd, GNC's Executive VP of Stores, Operations & Development.
Over 37,000 of our nation's armed forces have been physically wounded during the current military conflicts. Hundreds of thousands more are estimated to be recovering from invisible wounds of war, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). WWP assists wounded warriors and their families through a holistic approach to their recovery, providing programs and services to aid their physical rehabilitation and improve their mental health and well-being. Whether through caregiver retreats, combat stress programs, career and education services or adaptive sporting opportunities, WWP empowers warriors with the tools essential to not just survive their injuries but to thrive and achieve personal and professional success.
"We are thankful to USPlabs for their support of those service men and women who have sacrificed so much," said Steven Nardizzi, Wounded Warrior Project Executive Director. "Together we can ensure this is the most successful and well-adjusted generation of veterans in our nation's history."
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Its purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service members, to help severely injured men and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
USPlabs, LLC is a dietary supplement company specializing in ultra-premium sports supplements. Its products are currently available at GNC locations both nationwide and internationally. For more information, visit www.USPlabsdirect.com.
GNC, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., a leading global specialty retailer of nutritional products including vitamin, mineral, herbal and other specialty supplements and sports nutrition, diet and energy products. As of June 30, 2010, GNC has more than 7,100 locations, of which more than 5,500 retail locations are in the United States (including 892 franchise and 1,972 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations), and franchise operations in 50 countries. The Company -- which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well -- also offers products and product information online at www.gnc.com.
GNC products are also available throughout the military market. GNC has 116 stores on military bases throughout the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii, and stores on bases in Japan, Bahrain and South Korea. GNC products are also sold in commissaries, ships and AAFES Overseas Exchange locations.