Local Window World franchise helps wounded veterans

Posted: May 11, 2013

Star staff report

WASHINGTON — Local Window World store owners sponsored a mission for the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) on May 2.

VAC is a nonprofit organization that facilitates free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families through a network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.

To date, Window World has supported 40 missions for the VAC, and this is the second mission sponsored specifically by Greg Deathridge and Melinda Hawks, owners of six Window World franchises, including a location in Winchester at 2190 S. Loudoun St.

“We are so honored to support a mission uniting soldiers to pay respect to their comrades,” said Deathridge in a media release.

Representatives from the Window World sales team were in attendance to meet the veterans and show appreciation for their service. “Our entire organization is proud to have been part of this second mission and have the opportunity to meet these incredible people,” he said.

Three wounded veterans traveled from Washington to Destin, Fla., for the EOD (explosive ordinance detonation) Memorial Weekend.

The soldiers attended fundraisers as they honored fallen EOD comrades. The event was created by the EOD Warrior Foundation to pay homage to men and women from all branches of the military who have died as a result of an EOD mission, and to provide support for wounded EOD personnel.

Funding for the aircraft and pilot were provided by Window World stores in Washington; Central Valley (Virginia); Winchester (Virginia); Las Vegas (Nevada); Fresno (California); and Bakersfield (California).

Window World of Winchester serves homeowners in the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Fauquier, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren and neighboring counties in West Virginia, selling replacement windows, doors and vinyl siding.

For more information about Window World of Winchester, visit www.WindowWorldDC.com or call 1-800-NEXT-WINDOW.