May 30, 2006

Ford makes major gift to U.S. disabled veterans memorial

Dearborn, Michigan – The Ford Motor Company Fund has made a US$500,000 gift toward building of The American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial, which will honour the three million living disabled American veterans, including more than 7,000 from the war in Iraq.

The gift was announced by Lois Pope, co-founder and chairman of the Disabled Veterans LIFE Memorial Foundation, the non-profit organization that is spearheading the US$65 million campaign to build the memorial in Washington, D.C. Pope also announced that she is matching the Ford Fund gift dollar-for-dollar, as part of a challenge grant program she initiated to secure US$10 million for the campaign.

Created through a federal law signed by President Clinton in 2000, the memorial will be completed in the next several years; under the law, all donations must come from the private sector. To date, US$15 million has been raised.

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