AJ Veteran Honored with Veterans Day Getaway

TCC flies Mark Schrand and wife to Indianapolis for “Veteran’s Big Impact” experience

TCC, one of the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Retailers, selected Sgt. Mark Schrand of Apache Junction, AZ., as the recipient of its “Veterans Big Impact” experience on Nov. 10 and 11 in Indianapolis. Schrand, a wounded veteran, and his wife were flown to Indianapolis for an all expenses paid trip that included dinner at St. Elmo Steak House, tickets to the Colts vs. Jaguars game with sideline passes and more.

Employees from TCC stores across the country were invited to nominate a deserving veteran to receive the Veterans Big Impact experience. The company assembled a selection committee of employees who are also veterans, to review the nominations and select a winner.

After reviewing nearly 100 nominations, the committee selected Schrand, who served in the U.S. Army from 1994-2005 and was wounded in action during an 18-month tour in Iraq. Schrand lost his left eye when a roadside bomb sent a blazing piece of shrapnel that penetrated his goggles. The vision in his right eye is slowly fading away, and he is almost fully deaf in his left ear.

Despite his injury, Schrand continues to volunteer with his wife at their local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization to provide support for other veterans. For his sacrifice, he received the Army Accommodation Medal and is in the process of receiving a Purple Heart, a U.S. military decoration awarded to those wounded or killed while serving.

“Treating Sgt. Schrand to a weekend getaway in Indianapolis is just a small way we can show our appreciation for his bravery and sacrifice,” said Scott Moorehead, CEO of Round Room, parent company of TCC. “It’s truly an honor to be able to give back to someone who has given so much to our entire country.”

Schrand’s nomination for Veterans Big Impact was submitted by TCC employee Dade Stull, who is also a veteran. The two met when Schrand came into his local TCC store in Apache Junction for assistance with his service plan. After sharing his story, Schrand and Stull stayed in close contact and have since become great friends. Stull and a guest were also welcomed to the Veterans Big Impact experience in Indianapolis.

“Mark is a great person to his family, friends and community,” said Stull. “He is always there to help anyone in need. His story makes you want to do better for yourself and others. It is easy to give up after something so traumatic, but Mark doesn’t let what happened to him bring him down. He’s always smiling, laughing and joking, and he’s an overall great person.”

On Sunday, Nov. 11, more than 500 TCC stores across the U.S hosted a Veterans Appreciation Event, distributing service pins and recognizing each veteran for their service. Each participating location opened its doors 30 minutes early to service only veterans and their families. Employees were on-site answering questions about service contracts and identifying qualifying promotions, as well as signing up active service members for military discounts.

TCC also makes ongoing investments in the local communities where it operates through its Culture of Good movement. Earlier this year, the company donated more than 187,000 backpacks with school supplies at TCC and Wireless Zone stores across the country; gave supply packs to more than 5,000 teachers across the U.S. and provided 3,000 care kits to senior living communities.

The company’s nonprofit organization, TCC Gives, recently surpassed $1 million in donations to local nonprofits.

More information about the Veterans Rock campaign is available at www.TCCRocks.com. Supporters are encouraged to use hashtags #BetterTogether and #TCCRocks on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word. Customers can connect with the company at www.facebook.com/tcctalk and www.twitter.com/tcctalk.

Photos: The Schrands (top) were greeted at the Indianapolis airport with a hero’s welcome by TCC Employees (inset)

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