Veteran Wilderness Expedition: Call for 2015 Nominations Sees Record Results

No Barriers Warriors collected 86 wounded warrior nominations for the 2015 No Barriers Grand Canyon Veteran Wilderness Expedition — eight times more than last year.

With the call for nominations now closed, selection is underway for the 12 wounded veterans who will embark on a 10-day journey of discovery, with whitewater rafting down the Colorado River and terrain hiking on the famous Bright Angel Trail in October.

Among the 86 candidates, 56 veterans nominated themselves and 30 were nominated by others. Of those 30 candidates, half had a direct connection to Raytheon, either recommended by an employee or reached through external communication channels. All candidates are wounded veterans with a verified, service-connected injury.

According to a No Barriers spokesperson, RMS achieved more nominations than its other corporate partners typically garner.

The Raytheon-sponsored expedition will be entirely free for the 12 participants, who will be selected by No Barriers Warriors later this month.

Each of the candidates represents service from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy or Air Force, and resides in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico or Southern California.

Widespread attention for the nomination campaign grew as a result of the Raytheon Twitter chat last month and a series of RMS internal communications that included an RSpace blog from RMS President Taylor W. Lawrence and coverage from Tucson’s CBS affiliate, KOLD-TV (Channel 13). 

“We are committed to our warfighters, both on and off the battlefield,” Lawrence said. “Contributing to the well-being of these men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country is something I am personally passionate about. It is important that we support their transitions to productive civilian lives as well as their longer-term development.”

Stay tuned to oneRTN and Raytheon.com for more information in the coming weeks.

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