By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
Businesses and organizations are finding special ways to thank the military as part of Freedom Day USA, which is this Thursday.
Wendy Boyce, Freedom Day USA’s marketing person and West Virginia state director, said 600 entities from more than 40 states have signed up to participate in the inaugural event. This includes close to 200 organizations in West Virginia, where the movement was founded.
“We are just absolutely thrilled,” she said. “Everyone is very involved and very excited to have the opportunity to say ‘thank you.’”
Dr. Robert Martino, CEO and owner of Wilson Martino Dental, was thinking about what his business could do to give back to members of the military and their families, who miss each other and make many sacrifices while they are apart, when he founded Freedom Day USA. His idea expanded into a nationwide event.
Boyce said Freedom Day USA is a unique way for businesses and civic organizations to show their appreciation to those individuals who have given their all for their country. Participants will give discounts and free offers to active military and veterans and their immediate family members.
“It’s because of them that we have the freedoms that we do in our country,” she said.
In order to take advantage of the available offers, members of the military just have to provide some proof of service, such as a military ID card or another document, Boyce said.