The late Avery King, an employee of HCA Healthcare
Murfreesboro, Tenn. – HCA Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: HCA), one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, and the HCA Healthcare Foundation today honored America’s veterans, those who currently serve, and their families by making a total donation of $ 150,000 to local veteran support organizations. The donations were in honor of the late HCA Healthcare employee Avery King, an Air Force veteran who was instrumental in creating the Military Affairs Program, the Veterans Employment Program and spouses of company military personnel.
HCA Healthcare and the HCA Healthcare Foundation contributed to the following organizations at a Veterans Day event, “BRAVE Conversations: Honoring Our Veterans”
REBOOT Recovery A Soldier’s Child Operation Stand Down Tennessee MTSU Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center
âHCA Healthcare is proud to support and honor our country’s veterans and military spouses for their service to our country,â said Sherri Neal, Head of Diversity at HCA Healthcare. âToday, we are especially honored to celebrate the life and legacy of Avery King, a valued member of the HCA Healthcare family, by contributing to several organizations. We hope our donation will have a positive impact on the veterans community here in Tennessee and across the country. ”
âREBOOT Recovery is the world’s largest peer-led trauma healing program, and we have received the Veterans Day gift from HCA Healthcare for the past six years,â said Evan Owens, Executive Director of REBOOT Recovery. âWe are honored to receive a donation in honor of Avery, who has long served on the board of directors of our organization. This donation will provide trauma healing classes for veterans, their families and first responders at nearly 300 sites in 34 states and seven countries.
âA Soldier’s Child is touched by this donation from HCA Healthcare,â said Daryl JW Mackin, Founder and Executive Director of A Soldier’s Child. âOur mission is to serve Gold Star families, and these funds will go a long way, helping us fund camps and celebrations for the children of deceased service members. We can’t think of any better way to honor the lives of Avery King and other veterans. ”
âAvery King was a longtime friend and a champion of Operation Stand Down Tennessee,â said Eden Murrie, CEO of Operation Stand Down Tennessee. âHis leadership in the community has helped pave the way for this organization to provide veterans and their families with basic resources and needs, transition assistance, housing, peer engagement, volunteerism and community ties. We are proud to accept this donation and will further honor Avery’s life by including him and his wife Lynda with name tags in our one-of-a-kind âFlag Dog Tagâ. ”
âWith this donation, the MTSU Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center will establish the Avery King Memorial Scholarship Fund to meet the financial needs of US servicemen, veterans, military spouses and children enrolled in Middle Tennessee State. University, âsaid Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber, US Army (retired), MTSU’s senior adviser on veterans and leadership initiatives. “Avery is committed to helping veterans and military spouses with transition and employment assistance, and we know this scholarship will be a lasting legacy of Avery’s work.”
HCA Healthcare has a long-standing commitment to US veterans and the military communities. Since 2012, HCA Healthcare has hired more than 40,000 veterans, active duty personnel and military spouses. In 2021, HCA Healthcare received the Defense Secretary’s Employer Support Freedom Award and was once again named one of the nation’s Top Employers for employment programs, benefits and support related to the army by the Military Times. Additionally, HCA Healthcare has been recognized nationally as a Military-Friendly Employer and Military Spouse-Friendly Employer for ten consecutive years by VIQTORY, and in 2015, received the Hiring of Our Heroes Award by US Chamber of Commerce – Lee Anderson for overall excellence in hiring and retaining veterans, transitioning members and military spouses.